Kenya Golf Guide

WELL OUT: Royal's Haren Patel comes from the bunker during the eight leg at the Royal Club last weekend.


The 2012 Dasani Golf Gala hits the halfway mark this weekend when the par 73 Nakuru Golf Course,a scenic 18 hole course opened in 1929 and resting peacefully on the slopes of the Menengai Crater, hosts the ninth qualifying round on Saturday 21 July 2012.A total of 84 players from Nakuru (the home club),  Njoro, Naivasha, Great Rift and Gilgil will be in action.

Club captain Karinga Wambugu says, “Players will not only enjoy a round of golf at the competition, but the lovely scenery of the course which borders the famous Menengai Crater and overlooks the pink dotted Lake Nakuru.”

He went on to add, “This is one of the most challenging golf courses in the country,it plays long.This course is in superb condition, thanks to our greenkeeper
and the good rains we have experienced this year.  If you keep to the fairways, you definitely have no trouble because the fairways are well manicured and quite inviting, but a slight wrong turn would mean problems for any player.Some greens are slow, others very fast. ”

The signature hole on the course is hole 17, a par three of about 181 yards, which has a rich history in various tournaments. It has the longest donker or rather valley from the tee box to the green which is quite intimidating.Another tricky hole will be hole number 12, which is a Par 4 as it always causes trouble for both long and short hitters.”

According to Wambugu, the team to watch will be the combination of A. Nadwa, C. Angwenyi, M. Sahota and S. Mwangi of Nakuru and Njoro. He also noted that the quartet of Brother F. Njoroge, Fr. C. Kamau, Fr. A. Kipkemei, & Fr. P. Gitonga and the team comprising of D. Kimambo, L. Kamau, O. Robert and J. Kaime would be the likeliest challengers for top place in Nakuru.

The winners of this qualifying round will join winners from the eight qualifiers that have been played to date at Kiambu, Thika, Vet Lab, Winsdor,Railways,Nyali, Leisure and Royal to fight a berth to the Dasani Golf Gala’s Grand Finale to be played at the Karen Country Club on Saturday 29 September 2012 alongside winners from remaining qualifiers.

The winning team at the Grand Finale will win an all expense paid trip to Dubai where they shall witness the culmination of the “Race to Dubai” at the DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 22-25 this year. While in Dubai, they shall get to sample some of the world’s best golf courses when they get to play rounds of golf at the Dubai Creek Course and the Faldo Course,located at the Emirates Club and designed by multiple masters winner Sir Nick Faldo. nike air max bw nike air max bw

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