Long considered one of the world’s greatest undiscovered golfing destinations, Kenya has 39 courses, 12 of which are used for championship events including the Kenya Open, which takes place each year at the Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi.
Ideal year-round weather and locations as varied as equatorial highlands, beautiful lakeshores, lush forests and tropical beaches allow golfers to visit a diverse range of courses combined with world-class standards and service. Each round of golf is a nature walk in itself as courses have been designed to blend with the surrounding natural landscape.
Another plus for golfers is the elevation. With several courses at more than 1500 metres high, golfers are able to add an additional 10% yardage to strokes – fantastic news for individuals looking to lower their handicap. Although golf carts are rarely available, golfers have the luxury of their own personal caddies, who are often excellent golfers themselves. It also means that as well as having your own mentor hand to offer great tips for swing improvement and advice on local rules, you will potentially have a partner in crime to help hunt down those rogue balls in the rough.
One of the most appealing features of golfing in Kenya is the variety. From beach courses set amongst palm trees with stunning views of the Indian Ocean, to those dominated by the permanently snow-capped peak of Mount Kenya, there are a vast array of courses sure to suit every taste.
Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is a thriving modern city located in the midst of green rolling hills, verdant forest and wide savannah plains. With seven 18-hole golf courses located within a 20-mile radius of the city, including the historic Royal Nairobi Golf Club built in 1906, the Windsor Golf and Country Club, Karen Golf and Country Club and Muthaiga Golf Club, businessmen and holidaymakers alike can enjoy a welcome break from the hustle and bustle.
Those who fancy playing against a backdrop of beautiful mountain vistas can choose to play at the Mount Kenya Safari Club, located next to Africa’s second highest peak. Indeed, the course is the only place in the world where golfers can tee-off in the northern hemisphere and putt-out in the southern. For more mountain views and the chance to enjoy its own fauna rich wildlife sanctuary, the nearby Aberdare Ranges play host to the spectacular Aberdare Country Club, considered by many to be the most picturesque of Kenya’s courses.
One of the most beautiful regions in Kenya, the Great Rift Valley, offers visitors amazing contrasts, from wide plains and dense rainforest to beautiful lakes and some of the most impressive golf courses – including the Great Rift Valley Golf Club which boasts the newest course in the country. Those who prefer to tee off with the waves lapping nearby, should head to the Indian Ocean coastline where the beautiful beaches prove the perfect backdrop to relax between games. For the ultimate in luxury, stay at the Leisure Lodge near Mombassa, which boasts its own championship-level golf course – recognised as one of the most exciting in Africa.
Travelling to Kenya has never been easier. Kenya Airways has recently launched three day-flights a week to Nairobi, increasing its capacity to ten flights per week. And with British Airways also offering daily flights, the call of the Kenyan fairways is easier to experience than you may think.
Golf Amigos offer six nights at the Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort from £1,361 per person, based on two people sharing. The price includes return international flights from London Heathrow to Mombassa with British Airways, accommodation on a half board basis, transfers and four green fees. For further information, contact Golf Amigos on 0845 230 3100 or visit www.golfamigos.co.uk
For further information on golfing in Kenya or to order your golf brochure, contact the Kenya Tourist Board on 020 7202 6373 or visit www.magicalkenya.com.