Kenya organises lot of international
Golf tournaments throughout the year and renowned world Golf personalities
who have played in the country have always acclaimed the courses to
be very good and
that the golfing holiday in Kenya is worth the money spent.
The opportunity to play your favourite game, go on safari (A lot of the courses are located near the game parks and reserves) and relax on the beautiful white sandy beaches during the same holiday is unique.
Few places in the world offer such perfect ingredients for a fantastic golf holiday, as Kenya .
Golf Holidays in Kenya
One of Kenya 's best kept secrets is its numerous golf courses with a range of variety both different and diverse. From the beach resorts set among swaying palms and casuarinas with stunning views of the sapphire Indian Ocean, to those dominated by the perennial snowcap of Mount Kenya there is a medley of courses each vying for priority as the most attractive for location and interest. One course is even built on the slopes of an extinct volcano!
The weather in Kenya is ideal for golf all year round. On occasion you might need a light sweater or jersey, but you will usually play in a polo shirt.
In the highland areas the temperatures are in the low 20's and at the coast in the high 20's or low 30's. There are 12 hours of day light and, depending on the season, 4 to 9 hours of sunshine. During the two rainy seasons, (April and November) the rain usually falls before 10 am and after 5 pm and almost never when you are playing!
Also, most Golfing Clubs in Kenya have installed sophisticated fairway watering systems to keep the course green during the dry season.
For the visiting golfer, Kenya has a broad appeal. There is everything for the fanatic golfer, whilst the avid golfer can fashion his safari to include some wildlife viewing as well. A golfer who prefers to laze on the beach can still fit in a game or two and the business traveller, with an afternoon off, can easily play his favourite game right at his doorstep. Many hotels have made arrangements with courses in their vicinty for temporary membership for their business visitors. Though there are no golf carts, Kenya has the luxury of caddies. Usually the caddies are very good players themselves and will not only carry your bag and look for your ball in the rough, but will advise on local rules, assist with your swing and generally be your companion and mentor. Kenya 's golf clubs are generally quiet, especially during weekdays. One or two clubs do not admit visitors at weekends but most do, except on competition days.
Kenya has 40 golf courses 12 of these are 18-hole, 10 are used for championship events.
6 courses are within a 20 mile radius of Nairobi - Kenya 's bustling capital. The oldest course is Royal Nairobi Golf Club (7021 yards - par 72 - 18 holes) founded in 1906, the latest is the David Jones design pay and play 9 holes golf course Golf Park within the Nairobi race course.
The Muthaiga Golf Club, at the edge of the Karura forest, is a regular stop of the European PGA tour as it hosts the Kenya Open Championship. Leisure Lodge Golf Club is the only golf course located on Kenya 's south coast, but it is well worth the trip.
Those searching to perfect their iron play should look no further than the Mount Kenya Safari Club. Opened in 1959, the nine-hole, par-three course is as challenging as it is beautiful.
Amongst the Leading Hotels of the World is the Windsor Golf and Country Club (6751 yards - par 72 - 18 holes).
Nairobi and its close environs
Karen Golf Club
A very lovely championship course next to Karen Blixen's Museum - the author of "Out of Africa".
Muthaiga Golf Club
Home to Kenya Open Golf Championship - part of the European PGA. Past winners include Ballesteros, Woosnam and Canizaes.
Railway Golf Club
Royal Nairobi Golf Club
Kenya 's oldest golfing range, founded in 1906, it blends with all other "Royal" clubs worldwide.
Windsor Golf & Country Club
The latest addition to 18 hole golf courses in East Africa .
Lush, springy fairways, island greens, challenging wate rhazards and big beautiful American-style bunkers.
Limuru Country Club
The most beautiful fairways surrounded by tea and coffee plantations, 40 minutes from Nairobi
Sigona Golf Club
It is a green and hilly championship 6500 feet course on the outskirts of Nairobi .
Thika Sports Club
Near the Thika Falls that were part of the scenery in the Tarzan movies. Undulating greens and fairways. Opened in 1932.
Makuyu Club, Vet. Lab. Sports Club-Kabete, Kiambu Club, Ruiru Club
Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort
The Lodge enjoys one of the most spectacular views in all of Africa , a championship golf course, driving range and pro shop.
Naivasha Sports Club, Gilgil Country Club
Nakuru Golf Club
Located on the extinct Menengai Crater, this course has stunning views of Lake Nakuru with its millions of flamingoes
Njoro Club, Molo Highlands Hotel Golf Course
Mount Kenya Region
Nyeri Sports Club
A difficult mountainous course next to the Outspan Hotel (home of Lord Baden Powell - the founder of the Boy Scouts Movement).
Mount Kenya Safari Club, Aberdare Country Club, Nanyuki Sports Club, Nyahururu Golf Club, Ndumberi Club
Machakos Golf Club, Magadi Golf Club
The Kenyan Coast
Nyali Golf Club
Leisure Lodge Golf Resort
It is the newest golf course in Kenya located on the South Coast and opened its first 14 holes in 1995 and is a first class golf course. The finishing hole is a 547- yard par five dogleg, with a lake stocked with live crocodiles.
Mombasa Golf Club, Malindi Club, Malindi Golf & Country Club
Kericho Club, Kakamega Golf Club, Kisii Sports Club, Kitale Club, Eldoret Club
Mumias Club, Nyanza Club
‘ Kenya has it all and golf is no exception.' Tob Cohen
Information Courtesy of:-
Kenya Golf Safaris