Kenya Golf Guide

GOING INTERNATIONAL: A number of lucrative prizes are put on display at the third Dasani Golf Gala qualifier held at VetLab last weekend. The course will official be turned into 18-holes this Saturday.


Kenya’s longest championship course is set to be unveiled this Saturday when members of Vetlab Sports Club play on their course for the first time as an 18-hole championship course.  Over 300 players, including members, have been invited to play in the inaugural tournament exclusively sponsored by members of the club.

This will be the culmination of a three-year rebuilding process that has seen the club acquire 65 acres of land from the Directorate of Veterinary Services for expansion. The expansion has been fully funded by members and is estimated to have cost in excess of KShs50 million.

“We are very excited to be finally playing on an 18-hole championship course. Credit to our members for their commitment   that has seen them pump in a lot of money to keep the project going,” said Captain Kuria Kihara.

The par 72 course   will have championship players covering 7767 yards, amateurs playing over 7030 yards and ladies doing an impressive 6413 yards. It has some of the longest par 5’s in the country and a great view as well as layout.

“We believe this is the longest course in this country that also offers players an exciting challenge from tee to green,” said Paresh Jai, a member of the club who has designed the course at no cost.

The course has four par 5’s, with the third hole playing over 706 yards for championship players and 660 yards for amateurs. The fifth and eighth holes play over 620 yards and 599 yards for amateurs (669 and 632 for professionals), respectively.

“One of the challenges members have always faced on our previous course was limited length and little challenge. We have been able to address both by also creating some of the most demanding greens that require accuracy and skill,” said jai.

The architecture of the greens has taken into account the need for quick flood-draining   and essential ingredients that ensure players can hit the kind of shots they want and achieve desired results. Bunkers have also been built to allow for quick drainage.

An excited Jai took members of the club’s golf committee on a tour-and-play of the 18-hole course which featured some of the club’s top amateurs on Tuesday. As a result of his impressive work Jai has been recently contracted to design three private golf courses in Kenya.

Vetlab has this year been drafted to host a Golfer-Of- The-Year (GOTY) event by Kenya Golf Union and will be welcoming the country’s top amateurs to Kabete in August for the Kabete Open. The club currently lies second in the Nairobi District League standings having posted impressive wins against Muthaiga and Royal Nairobi golf clubs in recent weeks. air max 95 air max 95

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