Top Ten Golf Courses in Kenya
Kenya is known for its spectacular wildlife safaris and coastal white sand beach resorts, so it may come as a surprise to learn that the East African country is also home to more than 40 golf courses that have attracted top notch players from around the world. Among its top ten greens sits a course more than seven thousand feet above sea level and another that is regularly visited by local vervet monkeys.
10. Limuru. This course is located in Limuru a town in central Kenya known for its farmland and tea plantations.
9. Kitale Golf Club. Founded in 1924 at 7000 feet above sea level in Kenya’s Rift Valley.
8. Sigona Golf Club. The course had to be designed around an elephant watering hole in 1938 northwest of Nairobi off the road to Naivasha.
7. Royal Nairobi Golf Club. Opened in 1906, Kenya’s oldest golf society located within Kenya’s capital city.
6. Windsor. Considered by some to be Kenya’s very best course and designed to championship levels.
5. Karen Golf & Country Club. Located in the Ngong Hills above Nairobi, near the house of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa.
4. Leisure Lodge. An 18-hole course on the white sand shores of the Indian Ocean and host to Kenya’s largest annual amateur golf event.
3. Vipingo Ridge. An hour north of coastal town of Mombasa, the course was laid out by Kenya Open winner David Jones from Nothern Ireland. The course boasts beautiful views of the Indian Ocean and African sunsets over the interior.
2. Nyali Golf & Country Club. The vervet monkeys make appearances on the hill top course lush with flowering Madagasan Flame trees. Set in the up-market suburb of Nyali north of the creek that separates Mombasa island from the North Coast.
1. Muthaiga Golf Club. The affluent suburb of Nairobi, Muthaiga is the setting of this 18-hole course established in 1913 at the edge of the Karura forest. The course, considered the prettiest in the country, hosted Kenya’s Open won by golfers who went on to become Masters Champions; Ballesteros, Woosnam and Immelman.
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