Golf is renowned for promoting a healthy lifestyle and enhancing cognitive abilities. In line with this, the Kigali Golf Resort & Villas Academy was founded to facilitate the exploration of this sport for interested individuals.
The competition took place on Sunday, September 24th, 2023, at the Kigali Golf Resort & Villas golf course, featuring participants from different age categories, including those below five years old, aged 6 to 12, and aged 12 to 17.
The event commenced in the afternoon as the kids arrived with their parents and coaches, who had been guiding them in preparation during the school break.
Before competing, the kids engaged in practice, refreshing their memories with important golfing tips they had been learning. Subsequently, they were divided into teams based on their age groups.
All the teams competed for two hours, and following the competition, awards were presented to the winners and outstanding performers. The rest received medals as motivation to excel in future competitions.
Currently, golf coaching sessions are offered from Friday to Sunday by Golf Coaches.
Nicolas Raoul, the Director of Golf at Kigali Golf Resort and Villas, expressed optimism about the future and growth of the sport since the introduction of these training sessions.
"This competition was a success, and the kids were enthusiastic. We organize this event every month to promote golf in Rwanda. Our goal is being achieved as we see an increasing number of trained kids, many of whom have the potential to become professional golfers," he remarked.
Jules Dusabe, a coach for these young athletes, noted significant improvements in their skills and explained that they have established methods to assess these advancements. According to him, when a child begins, their understanding of the game is limited, but with time, their ability to strike the ball noticeably improves.
David Mutangana, a parent who enrolled his children in golf lessons, attested to the sport’s benefits. He believed that golf not only helps kids relax but also enhanced their academic performance.
Golf comprises two fundamental components: Putting and Range. Putting is essential when the player is near the hole, requiring a delicate touch to guide the ball in. Range, on the other hand, involves expending significant energy to achieve maximum distance when striking the ball.
The golf course operates from 6 am to 6 pm, providing ample opportunities for players and enthusiasts to enjoy the sport.
Kigali Golf Resort actively nurtures young talent through a year-long training program designed for children aged 5 to 17. The annual subscription fee for this program is Rwf250,000.
This initiative is just one of the many ways to make sports accessible to everyone, fostering awareness and interest in golf as both a recreational activity and a potential profession.
Beyond its appeal to tourists and investors, golf also generates employment opportunities, benefiting coaches and young individuals who assist with various tasks, such as handling players’ equipment and more.