Karen Country Club is located close to Karen Blixen’s house, which is now a museum dedicated to the late Danish author whose memoir, Out of Africa, was her most famous work.
Karen Country Club was founded in 1937, the same year that Out of Africa was published and the golf course is a veritable beauty, often bracketed as Kenya’s prettiest course. The course is routed across Blixen's former coffee plantation in the colonial suburb of Karen amongst a kaleidoscope of flowering shrubs and plants. Karen is certainly as pretty as a picture.
Host to the Kenya Open (a European Challenge Tour event) between 2004 and 2008 then from 2013 to 2016, Karen Country Club is a testing layout that stretches out to almost 6,900 yards from the tips with par set at 71. Karen is a true favourite for many golfers visiting Kenya and the comfortable clubhouse is a perfect place to relax after a thoroughly enjoyable round.
Without doubt the best of the Nairobi courses (and there are some good ones too) and home to the Kenya Open at the moment. Usually in very good condition.