The Summit Hills golf course is the latest entrant into the big leagues of 18 hole in Nigeria. Two of the best courses in Nigeria are arguably the IBB Course in Abuja and the Uyo Course in Akwa Ibom. Summit Hills, however captures the most 'complete' leisure brand and that sets it aside from competition. The Uyo Course is attached to the Le Meridien Ibom brand and the IBB course are also planning to attach a hotel facility.
Summit Hills is all that and more. It will be in close proximity to a 300 rm Four Points Sheraton (****), as well as a monorail system connecting the larger master-plan to Tinapa. It will be flanked by a dedicated international conference facility (The first of its kind in Nigeria) and many more facilities such as a sprawling residential golf estate and a world class hospital.
This, does not in anyway suggest that the Summit Hills course will 'hide' behind its adjacent infrastructure. Designed by International architects Thomson Perrett & Lobb, this course will hold its own. The course responds to the local context, by retaining much of the existing vegetation and addressing the issues of erosion with ingenious 'soft' methods of vetivar Grass. These responses have a twofold benefit of minimizing earthworks, as well as preserving a more organic feel to the course.
Beyond Summit Hills, IBB & Uyo
- There is the 18 Hole Golf Course located in Ilara Mokin, Ondo State (Design by famous golf architect Ron Garl) - Recently Completed
- 18 Hole Golf Course, named Castle Rock Golf Course, located in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State (Also designed by Ron Garl) - Construction Underway
- 18 Hole Lakowe Lakes Golf Course, located in the Lekki-Epe Axis and (Designed by Robert O’Friel)
....and many more courses being developed or redeveloped across Nigeria. Nigeria has a long way to catch up to South Africa, both numerically and qualitatively, but it is certainly making progress.
Update from July 2014 - After the Jump.