Kenya is renowned for its diverse portfolio of tourist attractions. From the immense spectacle of two million wildebeest migrating towards the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara to the allure of white sandy beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the equatorial country has plenty to boast about.
The majority of Kenya’s visitors come here to experience authentic safaris under big African skies or go diving amongst the vibrant coral reefs; they come to trek through rainforests, climb rocky mountains or simply marvel at the Great Rift Valley dotted pink with flamingo-filled volcanic lakes.
This incredible diversity does not stop at the nation’s impressive landscapes and its wildlife wonders; there are over 40 different tribes that call Kenya home, more than 60 different languages being spoken nationwide, thousands of multi-national investments fuelling a booming economy and –perhaps most surprisingly- nearly 50 different golf courses spread out across the country.
Golf in Kenya is a century-old sport with European settlers opening the first golf course in 1906. Since this time, numerous courses have materialised across the width and length of the nation, from the lush highlands to the picturesque coastline.
Today, Kenya’s golf courses are as varied as they are loved by the local communities that play them. The country’s number one course is Vipingo Ridge, an 18 hole championship course set high above the waters that sparkle north of Mombasa. Players can enjoy panoramas of the Indian Ocean on one side and views of the African setting sun on the other. The Muthaiga Golf Club, dubbed “the home of Kenyan golf”, was featured in the film Out of Africa and to this day hosts a distinct step back in time to a more colonial era. An assortment of smaller, quirkier courses offer unique geographical characteristics from “Kenya’s only uphill course” on the slopes of Nakuru’s Menengai volcano to a most unlikely course on the salt-encrusted shores of Lake Magadi.
With her consistent sunshine and over 40 courses to choose from, Kenya can offer you an alternative, yet historic, golfing experience in the warmth of sub-Saharan Africa and Turkish Airlines is ready to take you there, flying into Nairobi 11 times a week.
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Photo: Vipingo Ridge, Kenya.
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