Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort

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Course Information

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

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With every hole offering spectacular views over the shimmering expanse of the world’s largest valley, this is clearly a course for golfers who like to reflect seriously on their game!

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.

With horizon-touching views over the world’s largest valley, from Mount Longonot and the Aberdare Mountains in the east to the bird-thronged lakes of Naivasha and Elementeita, the course offers an unfettered immersion in wild Africa, alongside some of the most memorable golf on the continent.

A one-and-a-half hour drive or a 30-minute flight from Nairobi will have you teeing off at over 2,000 metres against an invariably stunning background – often watched by the herds of zebra and impala that naturally enjoy right of way on the course.

The well watered course boasts beautifully contoured greens built to USGA specs with ‘tiffgreen’ 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 our proximity to Lake Naivasha, we enjoy some of the most diverse birdlife on the planet, with over 300 species on record, including pelicans and flamingos that fly over the course from one lake to the other. Black-headed Orioles, Fischers Lovebirds and Egyptian geese often sun themselves on the greens – seemingly oblivious to passing balls!

It was no surprise to our regular patrons when we retained the ‘Leading Golf Resort’ award for a second consecutive year in 2011.

Nearest hotels

  • Great Rift Valley Lodge (on site)
  • Chui Lodge (1 hour)
  • Crater Lake Camp (45 mins)
  • Elsamere Conservation Centre (1 hour)
  • Lake Naivasha Country Club (50 mins)
  • Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (within 1 hour)

Clubhouse Information

  • Clubs for hire
  • 275m driving range
  • Putting, chipping and bunker practice areas
  • Fully-stocked pro-shop
  • Changing rooms with showers and towels
  • Beautiful ‘cloud-level’ restaurant and bar
  • Thursday club nights.