Iringa set out to revive golf courses

09Oct 2021
Friday Simbaya
The Guardian
Iringa set out to revive golf courses

​​​​​​​MKWAWA University Golf Club (MUGC) Steering Committee has started putting various dormant golf courses in Iringa, which have long been neglected, back to use.

Mkwawa University Golf Club (MUGC) Steering Committee chaired by Jessica Msambatavangu (3rd L), who is also the Member of Parliament for Iringa Urban Constituency, in collaboration with the Mayor of Iringa Municipality Ibrahimu Ngwada (4th L) poses for the photo during the inspection of the golf course found inside the MUCE campus yesterday. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT FRIDAY SIMBAYA

For the first time, the committee has inspected a golf course at Mkwawa University College of Education (MUCE) in the region.

The committee chaired by Member of Parliament for Iringa Urban Constituency, Jessica Msambatavangu, in collaboration with Iringa Municipality Mayo, Ibrahim Ngwada, inspected the golf course found inside the MUCE campus yesterday.

Jessica added that the revival of golf will encourage tourists to stay longer in the region as tourists will not only come to see wildlife and other tourist attractions but also stay longer to play golf.

The MP said that in their steering committee they discussed issues of resource mobilization, great membership awareness, and site visiting with technical advisors as well as to welcome new members who want to join the Mkwawa University Golf Club.

Therefore, the committee has invited various stakeholders to come forward and help rehabilitate the golf course to revive the game of golf in the region and the nation as a whole.

Veteran local golfer, Salim Mwanyenza, who doubles as the game's coach, expressed concern to people who fail to take up the game thinking that the game is a reserve of the rich only.

He said the game brings together people from around the world who come to play and increases the revenue generated by tourism.

Mwanyenza said that the Iringa had nine golf courses but all of them were lost due to lack of supervision.

The veteran golfer stated the lack of awareness on the game of golf resulted in the courses' extinction, given the region's residents are not interested in grooming talented golfers.

Edmond Mkwawa, Chairman and founder of golf courses in Iringa, revealed golf promotion in the country started several years ago and there were nine golf courses, including the Mkwawa University golf course, but they died a natural death due to various reasons.

He said that they have decided to form a steering committee headed by an Iringa Urban MP to revive the game of golf in the region and ultimately inspire people to play it.

The Deputy Head of the MUCE, Fikira Kimbokota, noted he is pleased with the issue of reviving the Mkwawa golf course and promised to co-operate with stakeholders to promote the golf course so that it can have more golfers.

She said that Iringa has many golfers but, since there are no golf courses, most players are going to play the game in other places given the game is played by golfers irrespective of their age.

Therefore, the revival of the course will encourage many people to come and play golf, as Iringa is the main gateway for tourism in the southern circuit as an opportunity to increase GDP through tourism.

A golf course is the grounds where the sport of golf is played. It consists of a series of holes, each consisting of a tee box, a fairway, the rough and other hazards, and a green with a cylindrical hole in the ground, known as a 'cup'.

The cup holds a flagstick, known as a 'pin'. A standard round of golf consists of 18 holes.