Kenya has many golf courses. Few places in the world offer as fantastic a golf holiday as Kenya. The opportunity to play the game, see wildlife (sometimes on the course) and to relax on the beautiful white sandy beaches is unique.
In the 1900s, the British colonists began developing golf courses. Kenya had good year-round climate and beautiful settings for some of the world’s best courses. One of the most appealing features of golfing in Kenya is variety. From the beach clubs set among palms and casuarinas with stunning views of the Indian Ocean to those dominated by the snowcap on Mt Kenya, a medley of courses vies for priority.
Kenya has 40 golf courses 13 are 18-hole, 10 of which are used for championship events. Six courses are within a 30km radius of Nairobi, the capital city. The oldest 18-hole course is the Royal Nairobi Golf Club (1906), while the latest is the David Jones design Vipingo Golf Resort at the Coast. Several courses are under construction and a number are being upgraded from nine to 18 holes.
In Kenya, the weather is ideal for golf all year round, On occasions you might need a sweater or a jersey, but usually you play in a polo shirt. In the highlands, the temperatures are in the low 20s and at the Coast the high 20s or low 30s. You are guaranteed 12 hours of daylight and four to nine hours of sunshine depending on the season.
During the rainy seasons, (April and November), rain usually falls before 10am and after 5pm and almost never when you play. More and more clubs have installed sophisticated watering systems to keep the course green during the dry season.
Many courses are at an altitude of more than 1,500m, giving an additional 10 per cent yardage to your stroke. Most clubs have a pro-shop where you can buy whatever you need. Though there are no golf carts, Kenya has the luxury of caddies.
Usually, they are good players the1nselves and not only carry your bag and look for your ball in the rough, but also advise on local rules, help with your swing and are your companion and mentor.
Most golf clubs are private membership resorts and organise many competitions. At club nights and weekends, most courses are closed to visitors, and it is advisable to book your tee-times through a tour operator.