Windsor - Kenya

Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club,
Kigwa Road,
Ridgeways off Kiambu Road ,
PO Box 45587 - 00100,

  • +254 20 864 7000

  • Christine Murai

  • Tom Macauley

  • Rizwan Charania

To play and stay at the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club is an unforgettable experience. The resort has an overpowering impact which is difficult to prepare for as it was designed to recall the early days of Kenya's aristocratic British pioneers and to compare with names like The Savoy, Claridges and Gleneagles. There is a little piece of each here at Windsor.

Some say the golf course is one of Africa's very best, designed by Tom Macauley to championship standard and length which threads through forest and coffee farms quite beautifully. There are well over seventy bunkers on the course plus attractive water features, all adding to a serious test of golf and, situated a mile above sea level allows even the shorter hitters to find another ten yards of length off the tee.

Situated between the Gatharaini River to the north and a large coffee plantation to the south, the course at Windsor is set out on pleasantly rolling terrain. Except for the opening and closing hole on each nine, the fairways are all tree-lined, with the next hole only ever revealed on arrival at the following tee. Mercifully, water is used sparingly as a hazard on the course and its most prominent appearance is found at the 420-yard 18th, which plays to a peninsula green.

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Description: Some say the course at the Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club is one of Africa's very best. Designed to championship standard and threading its way beautifully through forest and coffee farms. Rating: 8 out of 10 Reviews: 2

I felt compelled to write a review to put the record straight due to how wonderful this course is! Much to my shock, remarkably at the time of writing it sits only 5th in Kenya and 80th in Africa! Firstly, having played four out the current top five in Kenya, I think it’s absolutely astounding that this doesn’t sit higher, if not at the very top. This is a serious golfing destination and a must if it’s the only course you get to play whilst in Kenya!

I was fortunate to play here almost weekly for 6 months and the condition was just ever exceptional - to play as a non-member but be welcomed as one was warming and so in tune with the incredible warmth of East Africa. Playing here so regularly even saw me receive a discounted pre-purchased 10 x rounds green voucher which made an already very strong desire to play become a borderline impossible incentive to avoid the course!

Course condition was exceptional and the greens were second only to Muthiaga. The caddies knew their way around the course very well (as you would expect), and perhaps saved me a stroke or two on the greens!

The club house, the hospitality, food, the ambience and the general feeling within the golf and country club are glorious. I certainly have it earmarked as the place to stay and play in Nairobi. The setting is so serene and the wildlife too a sight to behold as you make your way around. Having experience with monkeys on the golf courses in South East Asia, I was fonder of these less rascal-like course tinsel. Saying this there was the one time when I had a bird of great wing span (can’t be sure what it was) swoop and claim my ball from the fairway after an incredible drive much to my devastation!

Of course the club hosts areas which are strictly members only within their facilities as you would expect but this doesn’t take away from it being accessible and regal all over. This is a course that is a must a play when in East Africa even if it means finding an adequate solution for your golf clubs en route many who have a lifelong planned trip to see the great migration.

A truly beautiful course and one I cannot wait to return to. Definitely unavoidable for a golfer in East Africa.

January 19, 2022
8 / 10
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Jim McCann

The trees suffocating the entrance to the green on the first hole gave me some cause for concern but any fears that the remaining holes might also be unfairly restricted were quickly dispelled on the second hole, a terrific par four that plays across water before doglegging downhill to the green.

This thrilling start sets the tone for the round, with fairways Windsor Golf Course - Photo by reviewerplaying along shelves, sweeping uphill or doglegging downhill in a wonderful woodland setting. The 388-yard 6th is one of the more memorable holes on the front nine, veering right off the tee towards a heavily contoured green.

On the inward half, I loved the narrow, downhill par three 13th, situated on the edge of the coffee plantation and it’s followed immediately by a quirky risk/reward par four 14th, where only the brave (or the foolish) will attempt to go for the two-tiered green in two blows.

Laid out by Northern Irish architect Tom Macaulay, who worked closely with local designer Tommy Fjastad on this project, the course is beautifully bunkered, with each and every trap perfectly positioned to protect par. This was my first experience of playing in Kenya and it far surpassed anything I might have expected beforehand.

The clubhouse is more grand hotel lobby than comfy post match snug but it’s ideally set up to cater for the large numbers of visiting golfers that come to play here.

Jim McCann.

March 01, 2015
8 / 10
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