HISTORY OF GOLF IN GHANA
Golf was introduced into the country (Gold Coast) by the early colonial administrators. They constructed Nine-Hole Golf courses mainly in Accra in Ghana Amateur Open Golf Championship the early 1920’s and the history of Golf in Ghana is linked with the. Records indicate the existence a Beach Golf course at Christiansborg in Accra and the growth of Golf to other parts of the Country namely, Secondi, Takoradi, Winneba, Kumasi and Achimota.
Ghana now has about 15 Golf Clubs. These are predominantly in the Western Region at Takoradi, Benso, Obuasi, Bogoso, Damang, Awaso, Tarkwa and the remainder dotted around the country at Achimota, Sakumono, Airforce Mess, Tema, Tafo, Kumasi, rudiments at Wind Bay and Coconut Groove.
The number of Golf Courses have fluctuated and dwindled between 15 and 20 over the years since the 50’s. Some of these courses have since gone extinct, namely the Beach courses in Accra , others at Nsawam, Winneba, Cape Coast, Abosso, Nsuta, Prestea, Konongo,and Akwatia.
A cursory examination will confirm that these facilities are mainly at Mining Towns and old colonial settlements
Under listed are the current numbers of Golf courses;
- Achimota Golf Club - 18 holes/Greens
- Bok Nam Kim Golf Club - 9 holes/Browns
- Celebrity/Sakumono Golf Club - 18 holes/Greens
- Tema Country Golf Club - 18 holes/Browns (in the pro cose of greening)
- Takoradi Golf Club - 9 holes /Browns
- Benso Golf Club - 18 holes/ Greens
- Tarkwa Golf Club - 9 holes/Greens
- Obuasi Golf Club - 9 holes/Greens
- Damang Golf Club - 18 holes/Greens
- Tafo Golf Club - 9 holes/Greens
- Royal Golf Club/Kumasi - 18 holes/Greens
- Windy Bay / Winneba - 9 holes/Browns (not active)
- Ankobra Golf Club / Bogoso - 9 holes
- Coconut Grove Golf Club - 9 holes
- Awaso Golf Club - 9 holes
GHANA GOLF ASSOCIATION
These Clubs affiliated to form the Ghana Golf Association (GGA) in the mid 1970’s led by a group of dedicated Golfers who were members of the biggest Club, Achimota, notably JVL Phillips, Kwesi Chinbuah. Acquaah Harrison and the late David Anderson. They became the Executives of the GGA.
The GGA is mandated to promote the game of Golf in Ghana, both Amateur and Professional; regulate all attributes pertaining to golf, inclusive of interclub’s disputes, and enforcing the rules of Golf in accordance with the rules of the World Ruling Body, Royal and Ancient (R&A) of St Andrews, Scotland.
The GGA is managed by a Council composed of a President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Deputy Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, and Captains of Affiliated Clubs, two representatives of Ladies Golf Unim(LGU) and the president of the Professional Golfers Uman (PGA).