A review of some of the courses in kenya
- 1. KIAMBU GOLF CLUB
Kiambu Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Kenya and thus it bestows the country one of its very first golf courses. The golf course and golf club was founded in 1916 boasting a total of three holes. Kiambu golf course was modernized in 1959 by both Mr. E. B. Horne and the locals resulting in the browns being converted to greens a nine-holes course. Currently the club has 313 playing members.
For a game of golf away from the bustles of the city with the finishing hole visible from the Kiambu Golf Club’s verandah, Kiambu Golf Club’s Course is the place to be.
- 2. SIGONA GOLF CLUB
Sigona Club is located in Kikuyu, which is about 18 kilometers from Nairobi. Sigona Club was founded about 1938 by the Kikuyu Estates Limited and was designed and constructed by Mr. Berkley-Mathews the then Managing Director of the company and was used by him and his invited guests. The golf club’s logo comprises an elephant head drawing back on the history of its first nine- holes which was built around an elephant’s water point.
The club boasts of an eighteen-hole course set on one of Kenya’s most beautiful fairways. Measuring 458 and 485 yards for men and women respectively, the seventh hole is the club’s toughest.
- 3. Eldoret Club
Eldoret Club was founded in 1924 by Uasin Gishu residents. It boasts an eighteen-hole golf cause also founded in the same year. The golf course measures 6 649 and 5 921 yards for men and women respectively with the respective par being 70 and 73. Playing 472 and 499 yards for men and women respectively, the first course is arguably the most difficult for the former.
Eldoret Club is located on the Nandi Road, off the Eldoret-Nairobi highway. It is about six (6) kilometers from Eldoret Central Business District.
- 4. KENYA RAILWAYS GOLF CLUB
The Kenya Railway Golf Club was established as a private club for the Railway staff by the then Kenya Railway Manager’s wife, Mrs. Couper, in 1992 as the Kenya Uganda Railway Golf Club (KURGC).
Membership to the club was opened to non-railways staff later.
The course length is 7021 yards, has 9 holes with 18 tees and 10 greens.
- 5. WINDSOR GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
The Windsor Golf and Country Club is located about seventeen (17) kilometers from Nairobi in an area of about 200 acres.
The club’s course boasts of international standard with beautifully landscaped sand bunkers.
From the front tees the course par for ladies’ is 5 579 while for the men is 6 407 yard.
- 6. MUTHAIGA GOLF CLUB
Muthaiga Golf Club has one of the oldest golf courses in Kenya. The Muthaiga Club is located off Kiambu Road at the edge of Karura forest. The club’s golf course has several indigenous trees, varieties of trees and flowering bushes giving the course a unique feel and atmosphere, making it one of the most beautiful golf course in Kenya.The club also host the Kenya Golf Union, the national representative of all golf clubs in Kenya.
Muthaiga golf course was originally a nine holes course with the nine holes being liad out in 1913, a year after the club’s foundation was set. Around 1926 the club extended the golf course to eighteen holes.
Muthaiga Golf Club’s golf course great greens accord it a beautiful layout with several challenges for for both the regular and visiting golfer.
The course has predominantly hosted the Kenya Open, the most prestigious golfing event in Kenya, part of the PGA European Challenge Tour.
Muthaiga Golf Course has also hosted the famous Victoria cup. The tournament is played between two countries Kenya and Uganda.
- 7. KAREN COUNTRY CLUB
Karen, a leafy suburb twenty kilometers Southwest of Nairobi, which looks across the knuckled ridge of the Ngong Hills, is famed for many things. The area lay a few minutes ride outside the capital when Danish baroness and writer Karen Blixen, to whom the suburb’s name is mistakenly attributed (It is actually named after Karen Melchior, Karen Blixen’s cousin, whose father owned the Karen Coffee Company.), tried and failed to make a go of her coffee farm in the 1920s.
The layout of the first nine holes was completed towards the end of 1933. Finding a golf course architect proved hugely difficult, but in the end the layout was entrusted to Remi Martin. He had shown considerable skill in surveying and, although not a great golfer, had at least an eye for country.
The fairways for that first nine were planted the following year, in the long rains of 1934. Initially, the intention had been to build only a nine-hole course, but there was so much excitement about the project, set in such beautiful surroundings and with almost unlimited land available, that plans were immediately made to extend to 18 holes.
- 8. LIMURU COUNTRY CLUB
Limuru Country Club is located about 25 kilometres from Nairobi City and in tea growing country location that offers a lush, relaxing and green atmosphere with tea fields leading to the golf club and course stretch miles on end giving an ever ending expanse of greenery. The golf course at the club is well manicured and superbly maintained. The course is set at about 7 000 feet above sea level and the abundant rainfall ensures an all year round green turf. The golf sands at Limuru Country Club’s golf course are mostly deep with large mounds.
The above factors have made the Limuru course very popular with golfers both from Kenya and on Golf Safari in Kenya.
The course boasts eighteen holes with the first nine holes being appearing on or about 25th June, 1949 by the then Kenya Golf Union president, Mr. David Morgan and the second nine holes being opened on 8th February, 1952.
Limuru was privileged to host the 15th edition of the Africa Amateur Golf Team Championship at the par 72 on the 12-16th of October 2015.
- 9. ROYAL NAIROBI GOLF CLUB
The Royal Golf Club is the oldest golf course in Kenya. It started off in 1906 as a nine-hole golf course and club house. The golf course initially measured 5 x 4 metres but got extended by four hundred and twenty nine (429) acres in 1927.
Royal Golf Club is located on Nairobi’s Ngong Road and provides the golfers, members and visitors with a panoramic view of the Ngong Hills.
The tees (Championship, Medal and Ladies) are the largest in Kenya.
Royal is hosting the Tannahill shield / Easter tournament for the third time from 14th – 16th April 2017. The Tannahill Shield is a premier interclub tournament that was inaugurated in February 1924 by Arthur C. TannahilL.
- 10. Vetlab sports club
Situated in Lower Kabete Rd, 0.6 Km from Nairobi University. At the north – western edge of Nairobi on the university of Nairobi – Veterinary and Agricultural Campus.
Kabete “Vet Lab” has beautiful Flame trees and a course that overlooks the bordering coffee plantation.
- 11. Thika Sports Club
If you want to play golf on an (18) eighteen hole course anywhere between Nairobi and Mt. Kenya, Thika Sports Club is the place to be. The course is adorned with a great mix of indigenous trees and rare birds, away from the dust and smoke of town. You open your lungs to the breeze of fresh air along well irrigated fairways. Your swing will be amazing here.
- 12. RUIRU SPORTS CLUB
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13. BARONS CLUB
14. VIPINGO GOLF CLUB
15. GOLF PARK
16. GREAT RIFTVALLEY GOLF RESORT
17. KENYA AIRFORCE GOLF CLUB
18. KAKAMEGA SPORTS CLUB
19. KERICHO GOLF CLUB
20. KISII SPORTS CLUB
21. KITALE GOLF CLUB
22. LEISURE LODGE GOLF RESORT
23. MACHAKOS GOLF CLUB
24. MALINDI GOLF CLUB
25. MOMBASA GOLF CLUB
26. MUMIAS GOLF CLUB
27. NAIVASHA SPORTS CLUB
28. NAKURU GOLF CLUB
29. NANDI BEARS GOLF CLUB
30. NANYUKI SPORTS CLUB
31. NDUMBERI GOLF CLUB
32. NJORO COUNTRY CLUB
33. NYAHURURU SPORTS CLUB
34. NYALI GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
35. NYANZA GOLF CLUB
36. NYERI GOLF CLUB
37. THIKA GREENS GOLF RESORT