Iloko community in Ijesa, Osun State, is set to have an international golf course. The project, which is being spearheaded by the family of the late king of the town, Oba Oladele Olashore, will on completion attract visitors and tourists to the community.
According to Bimbo, one of the sons of the late monarch, Iloko, which is less than 30 minutes drive from the Erin Ijesa Waterfalls and the Osun Osogbo Grooves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will soon become the biggest destination for golf lovers in the countey.
Former captain of the Ikeja Golf Club, Victor Odeka, during a visit to the community last week to inaugurate a committee to develop the course, said that it was a good thing to establish a golf course in the area.
Listing the benefits of playing golf, the retired general said it is a game that encourages good morals and brings out the character of the players. He added that this was aside from the health benefits derived from the game.
The supervisor of the golf course, Tayo Babalakin, who is a former captain of Ikoyi Club 1938, explained that golf courses usually have challenges, but said that the Iloko golf course would compete favourably with the others, especially with the type of facilities that would be on the ground.
Designer of the course, Babatola Akinbugbe, explained that the project encountered some problems which slowed it down. But he said that it would be completed within the next three months.
“The golf course is being designed as a nine-hole front and back. We are building the first four holes with the driving range. The work on the driving range started over a year ago with a few challenges but we hope to complete it by the end of September and hopefully playable by the end of December,” he said.
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