"Most Burkinabe think that it's a sport that's reserved for a certain category of person," he said.
Membership fees alone cost 250,000 CFA francs ($400) annually—a fraction of the cost of a club in the capital of a rich country, but a hefty tag in a country that ranks 184th out of 191 nations in the UN's Human Development Index.
The golf club's origins date back more than half a century, to the time when the area "was a village, with people growing crops and raising cattle," said the director of sports, Abdou Tapsoba.
It was his father, he says, who introduced golf to Ouagadougou after taking up the sport while in the French army following World War II.
Villagers whose land was taken over by the club found jobs tending the courses, then became caddies and, quite often, turned into exceptional golfers in their own right, Tapsoba said.