Malindi Taps Into Golf To Restore Tourism Glory

In order to rejuvenate the tourism sector following its disruption from Covid-19 Pandemic, tourism stakeholders in Malindi have now included golf tourism as part of their products in their marketing strategies. 

For decades, and especially at the Coast, the sector largely depended on beaches and safaris to lure tourists.

But since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the sector has and is still struggling to remain afloat amidst the challenges. 

It is one of the hardest-hit sectors of the economy. 

Already the Malindi Golf and Country club hosted the Kenya golf society and Kenya senior golf society one of the country’s big tournaments and is now beginning to partner with resorts so as to organize competitions aimed at promoting tourism.

Golfers and their families who visit during the tournaments contribute a lot to the tourism recovery process as the sector was highly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our atmospheric Clubhouse

Most tourism resorts are still closed to date and less than five resorts are operating but depend on the local market.

According to the Malindi Golf and country club chairman Tukero ole Kina, the tournament they held is one of the big annual fixtures for golf entailing a match between the Kenya Golf society senior golf society of Kenya and the Malindi Golf and country club.

“This brings together golfers of these particular groups from all over the country to Malindi where we have a golf course that has been up and running from about 1962,” he said.

He added that Malindi golf and country club is a nine-hole golf course with separate Ts and Greens which gives golfers an 18 hole golf experience.

Mr Ole Kina added that they were happy to host their visitors and feel proud to be part of Golf tourism in Kenya.

“We are hoping that we shall improve our services and our facilities here in the club for the enjoyment of members and all visitors,” he said.

The chairman said they are open to all people from all walks of life to come to Malindi and see their wonderful facilities in the resort town not only the golf course but the beach, Tsavo National park that is 100 kilometers away.

The 1st tee - 405 yards, par 4

The chairman said Malindi Golf and country club which is 135 acres of beautiful forest and good landscape is open for all to visit and enjoy the breeze.

“We have a wonderful Kitchen here and a beautiful bar where anyone can come and enjoy food and drinks,” said the chairman.

Currently, he said they have launched a membership drive with very reasonable prices for the social, country, and full membership.

He said the club has shelved the idea of an entrance fee and one can be provided with all information related to the membership drive.

The idea of the tournament is to just enjoy there is an aspect of competitiveness but its meant to give a chance for meeting new people, socialize, make connections and enjoy the game of golf.

 “This is I think in my view one of the greatest events in the calendar of tourism for Malindi because it brings people who may or not be involved in golf as they have an opportunity to come to Malindi,” he said.

Ole Kina said tourism is facing a hard time due to the pandemic but the event will give a chance for locals to make money as it brings people from all over the country.

The 5th fairway winds around the wetlands

He encouraged the golfers to visit and sample the tourism products in the resort town.

This weekend there will also be another tournament organized by the Malindi golf and country club in conjunction with Diamond dream of Africa.  

The Golf competition and fun day are organized to support the Malindi rugby team and the money raised shall help complete the sports field ready for the first official rugby game on November 27. 

*This article was written by Ramadhan Kambi for Uzalendo News.  Email: uzalendonews24@gmail.com to submit your story.

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