Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai on Saturday, 5th December 2020 laid the foundation for the TYB International Golf Resort and Country Club at the Shehu Yaradua Barracks as part of efforts to make the Nigerian Army Golf Club, one of international standard with facilities comparable anywhere in the world.
General Buratai who is also the life patron of the Golf Club, expressed joy at the massive turn out of golfers (127), who competed for honours at the “A3 Pro-Am Golf tournament at the Golf Club.
Furthermore, the COAS expressed happiness with the unprecedented turnout of women golfer and their participation noting that henceforth, the TYB Pro-Am competition would be an annual event.
In this regard, he directed that the professional amateur event be included in the Nigerian Army Calenders of events and captured in the annual budgetting.
While pleading that the Club house would be completed in record time, the COAS commended the Buratai Chairman of the Golf Club, Lt. General LO Adeosun for the massive infrastructural projects and expansion in the golf club.
He said, “I must say the massive infrastructural development is heartwarming. I am impressed with the prudent utilization of resources. I have also noted efforts at grooming young players for the future.
In his welcome address, Chairman of the club, Lt. Gen Adeosun said the TYB golf club will be incomplete without a befitting club house which will take it to world standard.
Adeosun said as a means of attracting partnership, some golf enthusiasts have agreed to sponsor 13 of the 18 holes in the golf course noting that 5 remaining course are yet to get sponsors.
He added that the TYB International Golf and Country Club with it’s expansive improvement in facilities and infrastructure what are all attributable to the commitment of General TY Buratai has greatly enhanced civil-military relationship.
Goodwill messages were sent by the Corp Marshall, Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi, Mr. Habu Gumel, President, Nigerian Olympic Committee, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, President, Nigerian Golf Federation and Brig General MO Amologbe (RTD), past Captain of Ikoyi Golf Club.
While giving a brief history of the TYB International Golf Resort and Country Club, Chairman Board of Trustees, Major General M Mohammed said the Golf Club formerly known as Eagle International Golf Resort and Country Club and now known asTYB International Golf Resort and Country Club is fully owned by members of the Nigerian Nigerian Armed Forces serving and retired.
Represented by Brigadier General AA Ariyibi, Captain of the club, he said, ‘The club is one of the pioneering and innovative visions of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TY Buratai.
“His intent was to establish a world class golf course to encourage recreational sporting activities amongst NA and other Services personnel as well as the provision of conducive golfing experience for other golfers in general.
“The Golf Course is located within the large expanse of land around Yar’adua Barracks, it is bound to the North and East by the Aso mountain range.
“Presently, the 18 holes are playable with expansive improvement works still ongoing to envelop the course and club infrastructure.
“A temporary club house in place to cater for recreation activities and closing ceremonies on the interim while the construction of the main club house would commence soon.
“The long term plans envisioned facilities for the golf club includes a multi purpose driving range, parking lot, storage/equipment maintenance workshop, Rotundas, Permanent club house, Hotel, conference halls and other sporting indoor activities.
‘The establishment of the Golf Course within the barracks community has significantly enhanced civil military relationship and its providing job opportunities to many barrack youths who work as Caddies.
‘The vision of the COAS, Lt Gen TY Buratai to construction of the TYB International Golf Resort and Country Club has generated immense excitement and has attracted impressive participation of members of the Armed forces, security agencies and other distinguished civilian golfers in general.
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