July 22, 2009

Kenya a paradise of Golfers

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 9:00 am

It was the British who first introduced golf to Kenya nearly a centuary ago. Today, the game is thriving as never before with some 40 Clubs. With championship-quality courses , an agreeable climate, first-class hotels and what proves to be great value for money, Kenya has all the right ingredients to be increasingly popular golfing destination.

The nation’s golf courses can be generally divided into three groups: those located in and around Nairobi, those set in hills to the north and west of the city and those on the coast near Mombasa. There are so many excellent – and mostly uncrowded – courses that it’s hard to decide which to play first.

For many, if pressed , that first choice would be Nairobi’s par-71 Muthaiga Golf Club. Traditionally home to the Kenya Open and the nation’s most exclusive club, Muthaiga has seen top players such as US Masters winners Seve Ballesteros and Ian Woosnam grace its fairways. Opened as a nine hole coursein 1931by British colonialists, the course has just undergone a complete upgrade to toughrn it up for the tour professional and to improve its playability.

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