Bordered by Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, Malawi is located in the south east of the African continent and its population of around 15 million people occupy a country that’s a little smaller in size than England. Malawi’s been politically separate from the UK since 1964 but its development has been painfully slow as it goes through the difficult process of becoming financially independent.
There are around a dozen 9-hole golf courses scattered throughout Malawi – one of them belongs to Blantyre Sports Club, formed in 1894 – with the latest of these layouts opening at Mapiri Lodge. The course at Lilongwe Golf Club is the only 18-hole layout in the country, dating back to 1930. Home to the Malawi Open, the course’s narrow tree-lined fairways are being upgraded with a modern irrigation system to improve its year-round playability.