Karen Country Club

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Course Information

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

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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.

Mark Twain described golf as “a good walk spoiled”. Karen Golf and Country Club smiles at the wit, but responds with one of the best – and most beautiful – walks anywhere in Africa: among lush indigenous forests, and pools and wetlands bursting with birdlife, butterflies, sprays of flowers, and luminescent bougainvillea.

As well as the area’s rich history (Karen Blixen’s home lies just beyond the second green), golfers will marvel at the little cameos of wildlife: a dik dik tip-toeing through the shadows; a Sykes monkey savouring a ripe fig; a family of bushbabies blinking down from the branches; the footprints of a warthog in a bunker…

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.

Being 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. Short par 3s over fountains and ponds will test and reward the deft, while our par 4s range from 300 to 450 metres, and our par 5s all top 500 metres.

And then there’s the ultimate panorama of our 19th hole: a pretty, parasol-lined terrace looking out over four tees, three greens and five fairways. We think even Mr. Twain would have approved.

Clubhouse Information

  • Branded clubs (Wilson, Tony Armor, Ping and Howson) for hire. Right/left handed clubs available
  • 300m driving range with target greens
  • Putting green and practice bunkers
  • Well-stocked pro-shop
  • Changing rooms with showers and towels
  • Restaurant, bar and terrace
  • Swimming pool, lawn bowling, squash court, three tennis courts
  • Members only: Wednesdays from 1100 - 1700 hrs during club nights and Saturdays in the event of a sponsored competition.