Leisure Lodge - Kenya

Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort,
P.O. Box 84383,

  • +254 0722 206 968

  • Nassor Mbwana

  • Tommy Fjastad

  • John Davis Junior

The 18-hole championship Leisure Lodge course – home to the largest annual amateur event in Kenya, the Diani Beach Masters – is part of a huge resort on the shores of the Indian Ocean that includes a hotel, swimming pools, shopping arcade and casino.

Opening in 1972, the resort was acquired soon after by Dr Wilhelm Meister, who used his connections to bring in a steady stream of tourists from Europe. Construction of the course started in 1992 but it took six years before the first ball was struck due to the large area of coral that covered the landscape.

As the architect, Tommy Fjastad, says, “building the golf course at Leisure was a real challenge. There was little top soil cover on the site and another piece of land (a 100-acre farm in the nearby Shimba Hills) had to be purchased to supply the top soil.”

The course is now one of the best in East Africa and the years of toil and trouble to bring it to life have paid off, and it attracts local and international golfers every year in their thousands. Fitting too that the man behind the dream, who died before it was completed, is remembered at the water feature on the island green, par three 15th hole, named Lake Wilhelm.

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Description: The 18-hole championship course at Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Resort – home to the largest annual amateur event in Kenya, the Diani Beach Masters – is part of a huge facility on the shores of the Indian Ocean... Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 1
James Kenyon
What an experience this was. Had the pleasure of playing Leisure Lodge whilst on a three week tour of Kenya and it was a joy. I cant say I am used to playing golf in 40 degree searing African heat, but it was hugely enjoyable. The course doesnt rank particularly highly when compared to a number of courses from more golf friendly environments (namely Europe/The US) but given where you find this course it is fantastic. Loads of old school colonial charm, and a sign next to the huge fan that awaits you in the clubhouse reading 'please leave your firearms in the clubhouse' hark back to days gone by. Friendly service, brilliant setting for a beer after your round (you will need one!) on the veranda over looking the course and a brilliant - if not slightly surreal - experience.
March 03, 2015
6 / 10
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