Any oil industry insider out there looking to run a golf course in West Africa?
State-owned Nigerian Petroleum Development Company is looking for a third party to operate — and upgrade — its 18-hole, par-70 Ogunu course and resort near Warri.
Formally known as the Shell Golf Club, the sale particulars highlight its “well-furnished clubhouse, a standard-size swimming pool, squash and lawn tennis courts and a fitness centre,” which has about 300 members.
As well as running the course, the successful operator will also have to revamp and upgrade a 30-room hotel as well as complete and commission a 1000-seat conference and event arena.
The tennis courts, swimming pool, squash courts as well as a table tennis venue, restaurant and pavilion need upgrading.
One recent review described the course as “looking good at the moment (but) the club needs more support from the asset owners and companies around”.
Another reviewer commented on the “challenging” course’s “lovely greens,” adding that the clubhouse serves “great banga (palm nut and fish) soup… and also one of the best suya (barbecued meat with ground peanut marinade)”.
Upstream wonders who may want to operate this course and the first name that came to mind is outgoing US President Donald Trump, a golfing aficionado who also owns courses in Scotland, Ireland, Dubai, Indonesia and the US.
However, given Trump’s description of some African nations during his presidency, it is unlikely that his money would be welcome.