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The Karen Golf Course
The Club is a member of the Kenya Golf Union (K.G.U) and the Kenya Ladies Golf Union (K.L.G.U) and supports golf activities through its affiliations with these unions.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the colonization of Africa, there is one lasting legacy of former times that is more apparent in Kenya than in other such countries—a golf infrastructure. Kenya’s geography and climate suit the growing of tea and coffee, and many of the golf clubs were founded in the early years of the 20th century by estate owners and farmers. Golf courses were not confined to any specific region. They were to be found all over the country.

First came the Nairobi Golf Club, started as a nine-hole course in 1906. It was given the Royal prefix by King George V and is now an expansive 18-hole course. Up-country courses soon followed, with Nyeri leading the way in 1910.The Indian Ocean coast was also a promising golfing region, and the Mombasa Golf Club dates back to 1911. Not far behind was the primitive Kisii course (1914)in the Western Rift Valley/Lake Victoria region, although the pick of the club names in that part is surely the enticing Nandi Bears Club, formed by tea farmers in 1928. Happily, the golf tourism industry in Kenya flourishes and visitors are treated to some enchanting golf in wonderful locations.

The Club has developed an ecological area, which it calls `The Wetlands`. This is a Wetlands & conservation scheme in the middle of the golf course, which not only serves to recycle waste matter and water to great effect, but which also has attracted a large variety of species of birds and animals.

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has generously applauded this.


Golf Course Featuring:

Information about the Karen Golf Course:
Type of golf course ?
Designer= -
Open to visitors - with 1 restriction a week yes 
Golf season All year round
No of holes / tees 18
No of tees 18
Par 71
Lenght 6862 Yd.
Greens -
Tees & Fairways -
Golf arrangements (in combination with accommodation -
Golf apperel - Collared Shirt (No Denim) yes
Metal spikes allowed no
Club house yes
Changing rooms yes
Fitness Studio yes
Bar yes
Terrace yes
Restaurant yes
Golf Hotel -
Pro Shop yes
Rental Clubs available yes
Rental Carts available yes
Rental trolleys available yes
Caddies available yes
Caddy required -
   
Golf practice facilities information:
Driving range yes
Array of putting yes
Bunker practice- yes
Array of chipping -
Halfway house -
Golf pro yes
Golf lessons yes
   

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Literary Origins

The essence of Kenya in those years before World War II is captured in the novel Out of Africa by Baroness Karen von Blixen. It was on part of her former coffee estate, in the area now known as Karen, that one of Kenya’s top courses was begun in the 1930s.
Karen Country Club was the product of hard work by a young banker, Remi Martin (nothing to do with the Cognac house), who was in charge of acquiring the land for the course, setting up the company to build it, and developing the real estate, which was to be particularly attractive to investors because the golf course would have grass greens—as opposed to “browns”—at that time largely unknown in Kenya.
Such investment has paid off with a course that is maintained in fine condition, good enough to host annually the Kenyan Open on the European Challenge Tour. Karen’s golf course is as pretty as a picture, its flourishing wildlife (both flora and fauna) encouraged by an active policy of nature and wetlands conservation and promotion. Everywhere there is color and beauty.
There is also considerable variety in the nature of the golfing challenges. The course retains the layout it has had for many years, and still plays to more or less the same length it did over 30 years ago. It has not needed to be lengthened inordinately to withstand the onslaught of today’s young professionals. Over the years, water features have been built through out the course i.e. on the 12th, 14th and 18th hole.

The Karen Country Club is a family oriented club, founded in 1937 and prides itself in being one of the oldest golf clubs in Kenya. A large part of the 18-hole course was built on the former coffee estate developed by the Danish pioneer Karen Blixen, whose life and times were depicted in the lyrical film `Out of Africa`. Indeed, the shade trees from her coffee plantation still dominate parts of the golf course, eighty years after they were planted.
The course is superbly maintained with greens built to the Professional Golf Association (PGA) standards. The Club has been host to the prestigious Barclays Kenya Open for the past three consecutive years. Despite Nairobi`s temperate climate, you can play golf 365 days in a year in comfort, an intangible asset that few golf courses in the world can claim. The setting of our golf course is serene; with the Ngong hills as a backdrop, a rich variety of trees, indigenous forest, flouring shrubs and fauna. The wetlands are a distinct environmental feature of our golf course and also home to thousands of birds and dik diks.

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About Us
The Karen Country Club is a family oriented club, founded in 1937 and prides itself in being one of the oldest golf clubs in Kenya. A large part of the 18-hole course was built on the former coffee estate developed by the Danish pioneer Karen Blixen, whose life and times were depicted in the lyrical film `Out of Africa`. Indeed, the shade trees from her coffee plantation still dominate parts of the golf course, eighty years after they were planted.
The course is superbly maintained with greens built to the Professional Golf Association (PGA) standards. The Club has been host to the prestigious Barclays Kenya Open for the past three consecutive years. Despite Nairobi`s temperate climate, you can play golf 365 days in a year in comfort, an intangible asset that few golf courses in the world can claim. The setting of our golf course is serene; with the Ngong hills as a backdrop, a rich variety of trees, indigenous forest, flouring shrubs and fauna. The wetlands are a distinct environmental feature of our golf course and also home to thousands of birds and dik diks.

Club Membership
We are a family oriented Club with over 4000 members, 800 being golf members. The Membership of the Club is a great reflection of the nationalities in Kenya. The club has a range of amenities to cater to children, young adults, adults and seniors;

  • 18 hole championship golf course, driving range and practice facilities
  • Casual & Formal dining outlets
  • Meeting & conference rooms
  • Unique event grounds – Wetlands, The Mulwa Dam
  • Wellness spa
  • Swimming pool
  • State of the art fitness center
  • Bowling green
  • Squash courts
  • Tennis courts


Score Card Karen Golf Course:

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