I recently had the chance to check out Burkina Faso’s one and only golf course – Golf Club Ouagadougou. It was of course a bit different than the golf experience back home, but that’s what made it so much fun. Here are a few observations:
- Every shot is hit off of a small mat that your (obligatory) caddy carries around.
- Golf is a lot easier with every shot off a perfect lie (no rough either).
- Ditto without big trees or elevation changes.
- Having a caddies and ball spotters is quite handy (no lost balls).
- Shots get quite a bit of roll on the hardpan.
- The ‘greens’, made of sand and oil, are really tricky (and slow). Thankfully there’s a nice margin for error with a generous downward sloped area around the cup.
- Nice to have a ‘green wiper’ guy who smooths the green’s sand before your putt.
- The driving range wasn’t that much worse than a cheap course back home.
- Must convert distances in meters to yards.
- Water hazards are blue-painted rocks arranged in a circle.
- The bunkers had really nice sand.
- French golf vocabulary uses almost all of the same terminology as English.
- This is the only time I’ve ever had to stop mid-shot due to donkey cart crossing (check out the last photo).
Me: Really? Water? Like a pond?
Caddy: Well, dry water.