02 Jun
An Insight into Tema Country Golf Club
The Quest Tour
 
This long established golf course (Pre 1957) is surely one of the most welcoming golf clubs in Ghana; Ghana is truly blessed to have this very accommodating golf course situated in the inner sanctum of the Greater Accra Region, Tema.

It is easily accessible to all and sundry, especially considering its close proximity to Ghana’s first motorway, built by Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President.

An 18 hole golf course with wide fairways of variable quality, enviable and expertly manicured greens, with some man made water holes and fewer obstructing trees than other golf courses awaits anyone that dares take up the challenge.

Truth be told, playing a round of golf on this idiosyncratic golf course does leave a lot to be desired even though it is truly a novel experience.

Due to its barren fairways and sandy nature, the playing experience is unlikely to be replicated anywhere else; your ball has a tendency to flatter you by travelling further than would ordinarily be the case, you are almost certainly going to need a shower following the conclusion of your round and occasionally the lie of the ball demands an inventive shot from the player.

The irony is it actually affords its players the ability to fare much better when they are privileged to play on lush golf courses around the world.

That said, the golf course does provide a stern test for the avid golfer, in fact the last time the professionals played The Quest Inaugural Tournament in September 2013 only a handful played under par over the four days.

It perhaps comes as no surprise to see The Quest return to host ‘The Saham Insurance Classic’ its fourth event for the professionals.

The attraction has always been its beautifully manicured greens. They are without doubt the talk of the golfing community since its transformation from brown’s to greens, which is barely five years old. Massive kudos goes to Mr. Kwaku Okyere who persevered when all around him were dead against the transformation.

Golf at the Tema Country Golf Club dates back to pre-colonial times, when the Brits awarded the contract for building the Tema Harbour to Parkinson Howard, a construction firm. It needed to attract recruits and provide leisure activities for its workforce. Thus, a 5 hole golf course was born, which eventually grew into a 9 hole golf course.
We have Mr. W. C. Tandoh an indigent Ghanaian to thank for transforming Tema Country Golf Club into its current incarnation an 18 hole golf course.

Green fees are reasonable as is its membership fees; the club offers single, family and corporate membership.

Warm and good spirited company, chicken kebabs, gizzards, guinea fowl and the like awaits you at the 19th hole in the club house after what one would hope could be described as a good round of golf.

THE FUTURE HAS NEVER LOOKED SO BRIGHT
Quite a number of changes have been effected to Tema Country Golf Club of late; Tullow Oil replaced the old driving range with a new and modern range, with balls to boot however unfortunately the practice bunker did not survive.

Awesome and auspicious lush tee boxes greet golfers as they tee off doing battle on this idiosyncratic course.

A brand new lounge awaits the VIP’s amongst us when you visit the club house, courtesy of Dr Owusu - Baah and his committee.

Under the stewardship of the current captain, Mr. Noel Hammond, he commissioned Green Grass Technology to do a cost and course assessment to furnish a report on how best to cultivate and maintain grass for the club’s fairways.

This report serves as the bedrock for the inevitable transformation Tema Country Golf Club will eventually have to undergo if it is to rival the soon to be opened Achimota Golf Club.

In an attempt to resolve the water issue that plagues this lovely course, four bore holes have been drilled, unfortunately only two are yielding water at present.

The piece d’resistance is the attempts by the current executive committee to transform Tema Country Golf Club from its current incarnation to an international modern state of the art multi-purpose golf city to rival any golf course on the continent.

Watch this space as these plans start to unravel, it might just be time for some or all us to take photographs of the club as is, lest we no longer recognise its transformation in months to come.