Nigeria is one of the most populated countries in the world with around 150 million inhabitants, and it is estimated that one in four people in all of Africa is Nigerian. It is one of the largest oil producers in the world with petroleum products accounting for a significant proportion of the country’s earnings.
Located on the west of the continent in the Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria shares borders with Benin, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, gaining the status of a republic in 1963. The country was governed for years by the military but it now enjoys an elected leadership, which can hopefully steer it in the right direction towards prosperity.
Football is the chosen sport of the Nigerian people and the national team has performed well in recent World Cup and African Nations tournaments. Athletics, basketball and boxing are other sports that attract large numbers of followers but golf is beginning to capture the imagination of a growing number of Nigerians.
Castle Rock Golf Club in Yenagoa was expected to debut in 2020 but when we contacted architect Ron Garl in August of that year he told us the course was still not opened. Garl, who also designed the course at the Smokin Hills Golf Resort in Llara-Mokin, drew up the plans for Castle Rock, with Florida contractor Total Golf Construction carrying out the build.
Our inaugural rankings for Nigeria's Top 5 Golf Courses were reviewed in June 2019, click the link to read the story.