A Golfers Guide to Kenya


Ah, golf. The gentleman’s game. Deceptively simple and endlessly complicated, this is a sport best understood by those who play it; with a lackluster epithet as an expensive way of playing marbles by the despisers of the ritzy sport. That it’s a game for the wealthy perhaps needs no further introduction. For the lovers of the sport it hold true that you work, you save, and you invest so that when you finally clear your desk, you can enjoy an invigorating round of golf – if only to replicate the schema of learning from your failures and celebrating your success on the greens. Any fresh statistics on the uptake of golf, local and international, will prove that the growth of the sport, however moderate, is almost steadily on an upward trajectory. Closer to home, golfing in Kenya has blossomed from its origins as a preserve for the rich influential settler farmers. The veil and fear of big expenses to enjoy a round of golf, concomitantly late in life, is disappearing. A great many Kenyans are now taking interest in the sport, and the traditionally members-only golf clubs are returning the favour in kind by making access to greens more flexible and affordable. No one, of course, wants to begin learning to swing in their golden years. With the increasing global interest in golfing as a recreation, golfers are on the search for stimulating and uncrowded courses to go. Whether your thing is a few power swings, a round of golf while on vacation, improving your skills or thirsting for new challenges or somewhere in between, golfing in Kenya will treat you to fine memorable experiences few have enjoyed.

England’s Andy Sullivan sets course record at Dubai Championship


England’s Andy Sullivan shot a bogey-free 11-under-par 61 to set a course record and lead by two shots after the first round at the Golf in Dubai Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Wednesday.

Sullivan recorded 11 birdies and briefly looked set to match compatriot Oliver Fisher’s European Tour record of 59 at the Portugal Masters in 2018 before he finished the last two holes on par at the Fire Course which made its European Tour debut.

Starting on the back nine, Sullivan had six birdies at the turn as he raced up the leaderboard and eventually finished the day ahead of Frenchman Antoine Rozner and Englishmen Matt Wallace and Ross Fisher, who were all tied at nine-under-par.

“It’s funny, I played the front nine yesterday and I played the back nine a year ago when we came over to warm up, you do all this prep on these courses and try and work out where to hit it,” Sullivan, 34, said.

“This week I turned up and clattered it down and found myself being ridiculous under par through seven or eight holes on my front nine. You think, ‘here we go’.

“COVID-19 really changed everything for me. I refocused and started enjoying it again. I’ve started to play a lot better. Going out there and enjoying it I know I’m giving myself the best chance to shoot a low score.”

Scotland’s Craig Howie and Marc Warren and Sweden’s Oscar Lengden are tied for fifth a shot further back.