TPDF determined to construct new course

28Sep 2016
Mohammed Ugasa
The Guardian
TPDF determined to construct new course

IN a highly shocking but positive stance, the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) is taking bold step towards promotion of golf in Tanzania through establishment of a new course.

CDF golf trophy winner retired General George Waitara (R) receives a dummy Etihad return flight ticket to UAE as Lieutenant General Venance Mabeyo looks on.

The bold declaration was made by Lugalo Golf Club’s chairman Brigadier General Michael Luwongo during the prize presentation ceremony of the just ended Chief of Defence Forces annual championship in Dar es Salaam over the weekend.

Construction of golf course is for sure one of the most difficult projects and costly in terms of funds but the army looks keen to undertake for the sake of promotion of the game in the country.

Luwongo said already the project is taking shape as 250 hectares of land has been acquired at a site located eight kilometres from Dodoma City and just two kilometres away from the Dar-Dodoma highway.

The location looks good and perfect proximity for those recreational and professional golfers wishing to trade their business.

Unlike in the past when golf was noted as a game best fit for the rich, the TPDF is proving otherwise especially after construction of its first course ten years ago in Dar es Salaam.

The Lugalo course was designed by Tanzania’s professional duo of Miraji and Salim Mwanyenza in 2005. At the beginning the project looked tough to achieve but retired general George Waitara stood firm to push it towards successful achievement.

The first nine holes were completed within a year and then with gradual approach, the other nine holes were also completed a couple of years later to attain a fully-fledged standard 18 hole course.

The course is now one of the best in the country as several tournaments have been staged there including the country’s premier event, the Tanzania Open.

During its construction retired General Gideon Fundi Sayore also was involved in its deliberation with the late Brigadier general Ernest Galinoma chipping in crucial assistance.

The new course to be constructed in Dodoma is most likely to give the TPDF huge challenge, particularly the availability of steady flow of water for irrigation of the greens throughout the year.

However, the Dares Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda who was the guest of honour during the prize-giving ceremony of the CDF tourney, hailed TPDF for efforts to promote golf.

He wished the army best of luck in pursuit of the new golf course construction while cautioning not to change the use of the already constructed course in Dar es Salaam.

He said the new golf course in Dodoma should not replace the Lugalo one or change its use.

The Lugalo course has now become superb in terms of layout. Clubhouse and overall organisation as recreational and professional golfers are relishing it.

During this year’s CDF tournament retired general Waitara was at his best during the day to play within his handicap limits and win the event on one under par 70.

Waitara was presented with trophy as well as return ticket to United Arab Emirates for winning the title.

The National Microfinance Bank supported the tournament that attracted over 130 golfers. We wish TPDF all the best in pursuit of the new golf course construction in Dodoma.