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Golf is a sport played mostly by the elite class the reason is that the equipments for the game is somewhat expensive to acquire or purchase. Hence, most people could hardly acquire or purchase this equipment even if they are interested in the game.


Golf is a club and ball sports in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course in as few strokes as possible. Golf, unlike most ball games cannot and does not use a standardized playing area and coping with the varied terrains encountered on different courses is a key part of the game. Courses typically have 18 or 9 holes, regions of terrain that each contains a cup, the hole that receives the ball. Each hole on a course contains a teeing ground to start from, and a putting green containing the cup. There are several standard forms of terrain between the tee and the green, such as the fairway, rough (Tall-Grass), and various hazards such as water, rocks, or sand- filled bunkers. Each hole on a course is unique in its specific layout. Golf is played for the lowest number of strokes by an individual, know as strike play, or the lowest score on the most individual holes in a complete round by an individual or team, know as match play. Stroke play is the most commonly seen format at all levels, especially at the elite level.

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An 18th century portrait of the MacDonald boys playing golf by the painter Jeremiah Davison (Image: Wikimedia)


The modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland the 18 hole round was created at the Old Course at St. Andrews in 1764. Golf first major and the world’s oldest Golf Tournament, is the Open Championship, also known as the British Open, which was first played in 1860 at the Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland. This is one of the four major championship is in men’s professional golf, the other three being played in the United States, the Masters, the U.S Open and the PGA Championship.

While the modern games of Golf originated in the 15th century Scotland, the games’ ancient origins are unclear and much debated.


It is an outdoor games or sports played on a course. The equipment includes, Ball, Clubs and tees.


Since the creation of Bayelsa State in 1996, Golf has feature in the National Sports Festivals. Notably, in Imo 98 NSF HRM King Alfred Papapreye Diete-Spiff, The Amayanabo of Twon Brass competed in the games and won a Gold Medal. It also went in history as the oldest participant in the games that won a Gold Medal.Ever since, the State Sports Council Golf Association do not just participate in the National Sports Festivals but has continually won Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals to the glory of the state. Presently, the state owns a Golf course that is under construction. When fully completed it will host both local and international tournaments and championships. It will also boost the tourism potentials and the economy of the state.

Golf Association Executive

Mr. Ritchie Etonye
Mr. Johnbull Dangofa
Coach 1
Mrs Calina James
Coach 2
Ebibai Esther Birinimigha
Coach 3
Chief A.D. Akarara-Aminini
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