Out of Kenya's 42 golf clubs Tobs has selected the 15 most beautiful challenging and scenic golfcourses.

[Karen Golf and Country Club | Leisure Golf Club | Limuru Country Club | Muthaiga Golf Club | Mount Kenya Safari Club | Nakuru Golf Club |Nandi Bears Golf Club |
Nyali Golf and Country Club | Nyeri  Sports Club | Rift Valley Golf Club|
Royal Nairobi Golf Club | Sigona Golf Club| | Vetlab Sports Club| Thika Sports Club
| Vipingo Ridge Golf resort ]



18 holes, par 72
Altitude: 1,830 metres
Opened: 1937
Designer: Jean Remy Martin
Course rating (SSS): Men-72, Ladies-73 Tee distance
(championship): 6,924 yds (men’s): 6,662 yds
(ladies’): 5,707 yds

Karen Country Club with its lush fairways threading through natural woodlands, this stunning course occupies a special place in the heart of historic Kenya-on the site of Karen Blixen’s famous coffee estate.
Karen Country Club is one of the most beautiful walks anywhere in Africa: among lush indigenous forests, and pools and wetlands bursting with birdlife, butterflies, sprays of flowers, and luminescent bougainvillea.

Karen Country Club is the host of the Karen Masters Tournament, part of the Sunshine Tour since 2017 and Home of the Kenya Open, part of the European PGA – since 2019.

The golf will spoil you, however: with a course of quality and design to challenge professionals and warrant hosting of the Kenya Open, but tolerant enough to give higher handicappers the chance of a respectable score. It’s near the equator above 1,800 metres, the sunshine sparkles and your ball flies further through the cool highland air.

There are no big hills to climb, but ample twists and turns and thoughtfully placed hazards to give big hitters a reality check. A short par 3 over a fountains and pond will test and reward the deft, while the par 4s range from 300 to 450 metres, and all par 5s top 500 metres. The 19th hole is the ultimate Africa panorama: a pretty, parasol-lined terrace looking out over beautiful flower gardens and three greens, four tees and five fairways.

[Karen Golf and Country Club | Leisure Golf Club | Limuru Country Club | Muthaiga Golf Club | Mount Kenya Safari Club | Nakuru Golf Club |Nandi Bears Golf Club |
Nyali Golf and Country Club | Nyeri  Sports Club | Rift Valley Golf Club|
Royal Nairobi Golf Club | Sigona Golf Club| | Vetlab Sports Club| Thika Sports Club
| Vipingo Ridge Golf resort ]


18 holes, Par 72
Course rating: 73, 72, 69
Opened: 1998
Altitude: Sea level
Distance (championship):6,632 yards Distance (men’s): 6,385 yards
Distance (ladies’): 6,123 yards
Designer: Thomas Fjastad

A unique and impeccably maintained course beside one of the most beautiful stretches of white sand in Africa, Leisure Lodge offers its guests the very best of both worlds.

The course features a variety of engaging challenges, including 88 bunkers, a giant lake in an old quarry on the 15th hole, and a smaller lake teeming with aquatic life on the 18th. The exotic fruit trees draw a steady procession of birds and monkeys, including friendly Sykes monkey and raucous troupes of black and-white African Columbus monkeys.

With a series of miraculously lush fairways that weave through mango, cashew-nut and casuarina groves to immaculate greens that simmer like mirages in the eternal coastal sunshine, the course is widely regarded as one of the most exciting on Africa’s amateur circuit, with numerous tournaments staged here, including the legendary Diani Beach Masters.

[Karen Golf and Country Club | Leisure Golf Club | Limuru Country Club | Muthaiga Golf Club | Mount Kenya Safari Club | Nakuru Golf Club |Nandi Bears Golf Club |
Nyali Golf and Country Club | Nyeri  Sports Club | Rift Valley Golf Club|
Royal Nairobi Golf Club | Sigona Golf Club| | Vetlab Sports Club| Thika Sports Club
| Vipingo Ridge Golf resort ]


18 holes, par 71
Altitude: 2,135 metres
Tee distance (men’s): 6,739 yards
Tee distance (ladies’): 5,582 yards
Applicable for Professional and Championship tournaments
Course rating (SSS): 71
Opened: February 1952
Designers: Mr. J.A. Kinnell & Major W.D. Bacon

Set amid the radiant green tea hills that gave rise to Kenya’s main export industry at the start of the 20th century, Limuru Country Club provides a serene and uniquely charming country retreat less than 30 kilometres from the bustle of downtown Nairobi.

Nestled in the foothills of the Escarpment, the course is spread out over 200 acres of broad, sweeping fairways interwoven with magnificent indigenous Africa trees and alive with the calls and iridescent colours of thousands of beautiful birds. Golfers are invariably awed by the signature par-5 3rd hole, which enjoys stunning views over the luminous tea plantations as it descends to an immaculate green, bordered by a shimmering dam and rock gardens aglow with exotic flowers.

The club members are a warm and welcoming mix of indigenous Kenyans, old settlers and international expatriates, and the rustic clubhouse has the feel of an old English pub with most of its original features still intact. The hardwood floors and bar, tavern-style settings, and roaring fires lit every night, combine to exude a restful and convivial atmosphere. At over 2,100 metres, the highland air is crisp and energizing, and the view from the clubhouse veranda – a sweeping panorama over the 9th and 18th greens – is the perfect setting for an Africa sundowners.

[Karen Golf and Country Club | Leisure Golf Club | Limuru Country Club | Muthaiga Golf Club | Mount Kenya Safari Club | Nakuru Golf Club |Nandi Bears Golf Club |
Nyali Golf and Country Club | Nyeri  Sports Club | Rift Valley Golf Club|
Royal Nairobi Golf Club | Sigona Golf Club| | Vetlab Sports Club| Thika Sports Club
| Vipingo Ridge Golf resort ]


18 holes, Par 71
Altitude: 1,710 metres
Tee distance (championship): 7,169 yards
Tee distance (men’s): 6,801 yards
Tee distance (ladies’): 5,783 yards Course rating (SSS): 72, 71, 73
Opened (original course): 1913
Opened (new course): 2004
Designer: Peter Matkovich

Muthaiga Golf Club, proudly called the ‘Home of Golf’ by its elite membership, is in many ways the ultimate embodiment of Kenya’s unique marriage of ancient golf tradition and a modern 18-hole championship golf course. As the club prepares to celebrate its long-awaited centenary, Muthaiga Golf Club has also been reborn as one of the most prestigious and challenging courses in Africa.

The force behind this renaissance is an extensive course reconstruction by the celebrated South African golf architect, Peter Matkovich, which in 2004 returned Muthaiga to prominence as the finest course with the fastest greens in East Africa. The Kenya Open, which is part of the Africa leg of the European PGA Challenge Tour, is hosted at Muthaiga Golf Club every year and visitors can bask in the knowledge that many greats of the game have walked this way before – with names like Lyle, Ballesteros, Faldo and Singh etched on the clubhouse boards.

Muthaiga Golf Club offers a great ambiance, with its tree-lined fairways interspersed with numerous lakes and ponds. The water features are a breeding ground for magnificent Egyptian Geese, while monkeys frolic on the 522-yard doglegged 4th hole and the par-3 5th. With lots of tradition and a most challenging golf course, Muthaiga Golf Club is a must play for any golfer visiting Kenya.


[Karen Golf and Country Club | Leisure Golf Club | Limuru Country Club | Muthaiga Golf Club | Mount Kenya Safari Club | Nakuru Golf Club |Nandi Bears Golf Club |
Nyali Golf and Country Club | Nyeri  Sports Club | Rift Valley Golf Club|
Royal Nairobi Golf Club | Sigona Golf Club| | Vetlab Sports Club| Thika Sports Club
| Vipingo Ridge Golf resort ]


9 holes, par 27
Altitude: 2135 Meters
Distance: 2184 Meters
Opened: June 29, 1959

Mount Kenya Safari Club is an experience that the visitor must include in his or her itinerary. Nowhere in the world do you come face to face with one of nature's greatest anomalies - a snow-capped mountain lying on the equator! This exclusive rich man's retreat opened in 1959. Even though this is a 9 - hole pitch and putt, composed entirely of par 3 holes, it is absolutely brutal. This small course is the only golf course in the world, where you tee off in the northern hemisphere and putt in the southern!

While the course is laid out on one of the most beautiful and serene settings in Africa, you must be very accurate. The water hazards are small, but many and coupling with the splendid views of Mount Kenya from virtually every hole on the course with the variety of flowers and birds decorating it, the golfer is sure to leave Mt. Kenya with lasting memories.



18 holes, par 72
18 holes, par 73
Distance: 6802 yards
Opened: 1929

Nakuru Golf Club 18 Hole golf course was opened in 1929 by Lord Francis Scott and rests peacefully on the slopes of the volcanic Menengai Crater. It is the only uphill course in Africa built on an extinct volcano - the rolling fairways gradually lead to the mostly uphill greens. Spectacles of the blazing coral pink flamingo patches dotting the deep blue hue of Lake Nakuru, greet your eyes on the 8th and 18th tees. In the dry seasons, the course is difficult to play due to lack of a proper watering system. This championship course is visually pleasing to play and has some unusual challenges and therefore exciting to play



Holes: 9, Par: 72
Altitude: 2065 meters
Opened: 1951
Designer: Duncan Scroggie
Course rating (SSS):
Men – 70 Ladies – 70
Distance (Yards): Men – 6462
Ladies – 5586

A round of golf at Nandi Bears Golf Club’s very green nine hole golf course will rarely give the player a flat lie. Built around the side of a hill, the golf course provides a challenge in the game as well as in the player’s fitness.
This most unusual golf course is one of the greenest in Africa, as it is also one of the highest at 2065 metres above sea level. The course is always well maintained and in combination with the beauty of the surrounding area, evident on almost every hole, this African golf course is worth visiting.



18 holes, par 71
Altitude: sea level
Distance (championship): 6,715 Yards Distance (men’s): 6,510 yards
Distance (ladies’): 5,431 yards
Course rating (SSS): 72
Opened: 1958
Designer: Monty Lowry

Nyali Golf & Country Club is a traditional African coastal course, lined with flowering trees and featuring impeccably maintained fairways and some of the fastest greens in Kenya.

This challenging championship course offers testing short rough and numerous doglegs, providing a multitude of individual challenges for the seasoned golfer.

There are five par threes which all have a degree of chance for the badly hit shot. Monsoon winds can be either a help or a hindrance, turning easy par fours into tricky par fives – particularly for the higher handicap golfer Nyali has a 280-metre driving range and a practice area with two practice putting greens and a chipping green. There is also a six-hole par 3 junior course, the only facility of its kind in East Africa.



9 holes, par 33
Altitude: 1,872 meters
Distance: 3316 yards
Opened: 1910

Nyeri Sports Club is the second oldest course in the country, founded in 1910. This 9-hole course is laid out in a superb setting and offers exquisite African scenery. While standing on the tee of the 6th, Mt Kenya can be seen looming above the green giving a breathtaking view of nature in all its glory.

The greens are well bunkered with both sand and grass traps. The roughs are the highest you will find anywhere as the lay-out skirts around a thick forest of very tall evergreens. Add to this mixture a stream and a valley, and you have the recipe for a challenging game of golf. Nyeri golf course is very pretty indeed and highly recommended for play for the ardent and the family golfer.



18 holes, par 71
Altitude: 2,088 metres
Distance (championship): 7,107 yards Distance (men’s): 6,504 yards
Distance (ladies’): 5,502 yards
Course rating (SSS): 74, 72, 72 Opened: December 1999
Designer: Thomas Fjastad

When the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort bagged the coveted award for ‘Leading Golf Resort in Kenya’ at the 2010 World Travel Awards, it was a worthy 10th birthday present for a course often described as among the most breathtaking in Africa.

The well watered course boasts beautifully contoured greens built to USGA specs with ‘tiff green’ Bermuda grass, while the fairways are planted with lush indigenous Kikuyu grass. All the holes are well bunkered, and there are five major water features spread throughout the course.

The 654-yard, par-5 17th hole is celebrated as one of the longest – and trickiest to par – in the country. Thanks to the proximity to Lake Naivasha, Great Rift Valley Golf Resort enjoys the most diverse birdlife in Africa, with over 300 species on record, including pelicans and flamingos that fly over the course from Lake Naivasha to Lake Elementeita and Lake Nakuru nearby.

It was no surprise when Great Rift Valley Lodge retained the ‘Leading Golf Resort’ award for a second consecutive year in 2



18 holes, par 72
18 holes, par 72
Tee distance (men’s): 7021 yards
Tee distance (ladies’): 5756 yards
Opened: 1906

The land along Ngong Road, not far from the city centre of Nairobi, used to belong to the King Africa Rifles (K.A.R.), the elite guard of the British colonial powers in the early 1900’s.

Like most other Kenya golf courses at the time, the initial lay out was with browns, which were converted into greens in 1950. In that same year, Royal Nairobi Golf Club became a true championship golf course with a refurbished club house as well. In the mean time the club is now in its 3rd club house!

The front nine is relatively flat, while the back nine have the characteristic of a rolling hillside. The course is very well maintained, while the hallmarks of Royal Nairobi Golf Course are the tees and the greens. Without exception these are the largest tees found in Kenya and are tiered for the various players i.e. Championship, Medal and Ladies tees.

The greens hold the ball very well, while at the same time providing a quick putting surface. Flowering bushes, bougainvillea and a huge variety of tree species lend colour and aesthetic appeal to the course. The lovely Ngong Hills can be seen from different viewpoints all along the course.



18 holes, par 72
18 holes, par 72
Altitude: 1,980 metres
Tee distance (men’s): 6,890 yards
Tee distance (ladies’): 5,631 yards Applicable for Professional and Championship tournaments
Course rating (SSS): Men-72, Ladies-71 Opened: 1938
Designer: Tom Simpson

One of the first courses to draw overseas golfers to Kenya, Sigona remains one of the high flyers of golf in Africa and continues to draw unexpected visitors to its fairways.

Originally constructed as one man’s fancy in 1938, Sigona Golf Club has brought delight to thousands of avid golfers over the past 70 years. The course was the farsighted dream of Mr. Jack Berkley-Matthews, head of the Kikuyu Estates agricultural company, who built his own personal nine-hole course.

More than 30 years later, Berkley-Matthews’ dream was completed when Sigona became an 18-hole championship course. Today, Sigona’s hilly Kikuyu-grass fairways are widely regarded as among the lushest, most beautiful, and most challenging in Africa.

Sigona’s original course was routed around an elephants’ watering hole – the reason for the elephant’s head on its striking club logo. The yellow-flowering wattles that divided the fairways have since been joined by a rich variety of shade and ornamental trees: podos, moringas, cape chestnuts and pines. There are unexpected surprises to be had here: golfers have been known to be disturbed by a variety of antelopes, including the majestic Beisa oryx, as well as a number of smaller mammals and Central Kenya’s ever magnificent birdlife.



18 holes, par 72
18 holes
Par 72
Distance: 6724 yards
Opened: 1932s

Thika Sports Club is set in the serene countryside, amongst pineapple and coffee plantations and near the famous Thika Falls - the scene of Tarzans movies. Most of the fairways are undulating, most greens small and round. In 1996 the course was extended from nine to 18 holes. The clubhouse has a very rustic sense to it, with large uncovered wooden beams running the width of the ceiling, it is almost Swiss Alpine in appearance. A large fireplace warms both sides of the lounge.

Thika Sports Club dates back to 1922, but the golf course was laid out 10 years later. The biggest event held here is the Winston Churchill Cup, which is scheduled as a Kenya Golf Union event since 1979. The Club which is only 15 minutes away from Safari Park Hotel will provide the visitor with a relaxing day of golf.



Holes 18
Par 72
Distance 6,848 yards
Opened: 1924
Designer: Paresh Jai

The Vetlab Sports Club has its name from the Veterinary Laboratory built in 1910 and which was located next door to the Club.
The club is situated in Kabete (The Agriculture University compound) around 10 minutes’ drive from Westlands. At seven thousand feet altitude and set amidst the famous local coffee plantations and rolling farmlands, Vetlab provides a unique hole-by-hole challenge for all members, visitors and guests.

The club is known for the lovely scenery with a large variety of trees, bushes and flowers. It is also a very challenging course where you need absolute precision to keep a good score. All fairways and tees have been planted with local indigenous Kikuyu grass. The fairways are an average width of 40 metres, while the greens are among the fastest in Kenya


North Coast - Mombasa

18 holes, par 72
Altitude: 125 metres (410 feet) Distance (championship): 7,314 yards Distance (men’s): 6,881 yards
Distance (ladies’): 6,483 yards
Course rating (SSS): 75, 74, 73 Opened: 1st August 2009
Designer: David Jones

Nestled between the Indian Ocean and the rolling green hills of the Kenyan heartland, a landscape of lush, expansive African beauty provides the setting for Vipingo Ridge’s Baobab golf course.
The Baobab Course is the first of Vipingo Ridge’s two 18-hole courses and is built to international standards, with panoramic ocean views to the east and sunsets over the vast African interior to the west.

A meandering system of water features runs through the course, giving a real risk-reward quality to many holes, while creating new natural habitats for the region’s vibrant birds and wildlife. The signature 16th hole is a fantastic par four with six different tees down to a broad landing area beside a glittering lake.
Vipingo is the most striking addition to Africa’s great golf courses.

Last Update: 23 November 2018
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