Achimota Golf Club handover day (15th October 2014)
Wednesday, 15th October 2014
On October 15th 2014 the completed golf course at Achimota, Accra, Ghana was handed over to the Club. The redevelopment of the golf course was funded by Tullow Oil Plc and all the works including design, planning, construction and grow-in was carried out by McGinley Golf Design. The course was redesigned and rebuilt to top international standards: some 60,000 m3 of soil were moved and 18 new greens and a practice green built were built to USGA specifications. The redevelopment included all new tee areas, 12 hectares of fairways 55 new bunkers and extensive mounding and landscaping. One of the key features of the new course was naturalised red-zones, highlighting the red laterite soils. All playable areas are now covered with a state of the art, fully automated irrigation system.
Tullow Oil Plc sees the new course as becoming a focal point for generating business investment in Ghana, and is in line with the Invest in Africa concept of promoting inward investment into Ghana. The course will also provide considerable local employment and Tullow will continue to support AGC to develop local capabilities. This investment was made as part of Tullow’s ‘Creating Shared Prosperity Though Sports’ strategy which has seen the company embark on a number initiatives to develop sports in Ghana.
Comments on the day: Aidan Heavey, Chief Executive of Tullow Oil plc, commented: ‘It is fantastic to see such a beautiful world-class golf course in Ghana. Tullow is in Ghana for the long-term and believe the investment we have made will have a lasting impact on helping promote business in Ghana and developing local capacity. We are delighted with the quality of the product delivered by Paul McGinley and his team and thank AGC for their support. We wish Achimota Golf Club every success in the future.
Charles Darku, Tullow Ghana Ltd, Country Manager, stated: ‘We have worked hard with AGC and McGinley Golf Course Design to deliver this excellent golf course. We are certain that it will be a great success and look forward to Achimota Golf Club becoming a focus for business and sports development
Paul McGinley commented ‘I am very pleased to have delivered such a great course to Achimota Golf Club. My aim has been to preserve the character of the Achimota course while making the course playable for both amateurs and professional golfers Water conservation has been a key part of the design and I have designed areas of the course with this in mind, giving the course a unique African feel.
As the current Ryder Cup Captain, I’m keen to see golf develop across Africa and am delighted to receive the support of The R&A (the world governing body for golf). I look forward to seeing more people, especially young people, taking up golf and encourage Achimota and other clubs to put in place programmes to help develop the game.’
The highlight of the handover day was the Ryder Cup trophy. This was the first time the trophy was on African soil.