Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club
Kenya, Rift Valley, Central Highlands, Nairobi Co.
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Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club enjoys a superb, countryside setting amidst a 200 acre private estate and coffee plantation, and is only minutes from bustling, downtown Nairobi. At the centre of the estate sits the Hotel & Country Club, a cluster of impressive Victorian buildings turned into a five star hotel, and its championship golf course
Windsor Country Club offers a host of sporting activities ranging from a large, heated, outdoor pool, to tennis and squash facilities, and a health club. For the less active, there is a range of watering holes, restaurants and a Pro Shop. The property is also a natural sanctuary for birds, and walks through the estate can be organized with the resident ornithologist. Also on offer, a guided visit to Mika coffee farm.
Nairobi enjoys a tropical climate tempered by the altitude and that gives the feeling of everlasting Spring all year round. This provides ideal conditions for golf and at an altitude of more than a mile above sea level, your ball will also fly further. The Windsor Golf Club boasts one of best championship golf courses in Africa, threading its way through the coffee farm and a tropical, indigenous forest. Windsor’s course – which in 2013 won the title of Kenya’s Best Golf Course - is one of a handful of distinctive golf courses, around the capital Nairobi, all of championship standards and many regular stops of the European PGA Tour.
The resort was recently ranked Africa's Best Golf Hotel, Kenya's Best Golf Hotel and Kenya's best Golf Course at the concluded World Golf awards in Portugal and mentioned to be among the top 11 Golf destinations in the world in CNNtravel.
Windsor Hotel & Country Club
Accommodation is comprised of deluxe rooms, studio suites and cottages. The spacious hardwood floored guestrooms are tastefully decorated and overlook the lush fairways of the championship golf course. Connoisseurs will enjoy a selection of international and local cuisine served both indoor and outdoor. The Windsor Room caters for fine dining with à la carte menu featuring game, poultry and fish delicacies, while The Conservatory casual poolside coffeeshop caters for round the clock light dining.
5 Star Golf Resort
130 Deluxe Rooms, Studios, Suites & Cottages • All guestrooms with hardwood floor, golf view and large en-suite bathroom • DDL phone, satellite TV, radio, minibar and safe • Room service • Laundry/Valet service • Concierge/Tour desk • Airport transfers • Shopping arcade • Internet corner
Windsor Room (á la carte fine dining) • Conservatory Restaurant (à la carte poolside coffeeshop - Open 24 hours) • Library Bar (Lobby Bar) • Kingfisher Bar (Poolside bar) • Club Bar (Golf bar)
Business centre • 4 Meeting rooms (40-200 people) + 2 Boardroom (8-14 people) • AV equipment • Supporting conference and banqueting services
WINDSOR COUNTRY CLUB
Windsor Country Club offers a host of sporting activities ranging from a large outdoor lap pool to tennis, squash and health club. For the less actives, there is a range of bars and a shopping arcade. The property is also a natural sanctuary for birds and natural walks with the resident ornithologist are organized, including guided visit to the coffee farm.
Outdoor swimming pool • Tennis & Squash (3 floodlit all-weather tennis courts + 2 Squash courts + Resident pro) • Health Club (Fitness studio & Steam bath) • Tayiana Horses Riding School • Windsor Estate (200 acres coffee estate); 5 km. of jogging trails, Nature walks with Windsor’s resident Naturalist, Coffee & flower farm visits
Windsor Golf Club
• Championship Course
Tom Macauley (1992) 18 holes - 7,277 yds - Par 72
Just 2 degree south of the equator in Kenya's Central Highlands, Nairobi enjoys a tropical climate tempered by the altitude and giving the feeling of an everlasting spring all year round. These provide ideal conditions for golf and at an altitude of more than a mile above sea level, the ball will also fly further.
Windsor 18-hole championship golf course is a spectacular layout threading its way through coffee farm land and indigenous forest. One of the finest course in Africa, the setting alone is an inspiration. Bordered by a river, the course was carved out of the coffee plantation and the surrounding tropical forest where wild life is abundant, in particular exotic birds.
The Windsor Golf Club boasts one of best championship golf courses in Africa. Designed by Tom Macauley, the course threads its way through the coffee farm and a tropical indigenous forest. The layout features lush spring fairways, fast, true greens and a sprinkling of water hazards. 73 well placed sand bunkers and unforgiving roughs make this course a truly challenging and exciting experience, where Sykes monkeys will offer an unexpected “hazard”!
Resident PGA pros + Proshop
Kenya has long been considered one of the world's great undiscovered golf destinations, where the early European settlers left behind a beautiful legacy of distinctive golf courses. Several of them can be found around the capital Nairobi, all of championship standards and many regular stops of the European PGA Tour.
• Royal Nairobi Golf Club (1906)
Kenya's oldest club - Venue of several European PGA Open
18 holes - 7,021 yards - Par 71
In 1906, a nine hole golf course and a club house were laid out at the Royal Golf Club, named after King George V, and became the first course in Kenya. Royal Nairobi hosts some of the country's prestigious events. The front nine is relatively flat, while the back nine stretch over a rolling hill side. The course is well maintained while flowering bushes and a large assortment of tree species lend color and aesthetic appeal to the course. Royal Nairobi Golf Club hosts some of the prettiest holes in Kenya and offers the average golfer an opportunity to card a good round of golf.
• Karen Golf & Country Club (1933)
Redesigned by Peter Markovic - Venue of the European PGA Kenya Open
18 holes - 6,893 yards - Par 72
Often considered as one of the prettiest courses in Kenya for its profusion of flowering trees and bushes, Karen Country Club is a must play and is certainly one of the top 18-hole championship courses in the country. The course lies next to Karen Blixen'ss house - author of "Out of Africa", in the colonial suburbs.
• Limuru Country Club (1949)
18 holes - 6,519 yards - Par 71 - At an altitude of 7,000 ft./2.300 m. above sea level
The first nine hole was opened in 1949, while the second nine hole were opened in 1952. In tea country and at an elevation of 7,000 feet, the golf course receives more rainfall and delivers verdant fairways, cool climate and a beautiful location which makes it very popular.
• Muthaiga Golf Club (1913)
18 holes - 6,176 yards - Par 71 - Venue of the European PGA Kenya Open
Muthaiga lies at the edge of the Karura forest and sports many indegenous trees, which not only come into play on almost every holes, but also make for one of the prettiest course to play in the region. The original 9 hole course was built in 1913, to b later extended to 18 hole in 1926 . Muthaiga Golf Club has undergone a complete reconstruction in 2004 by golf architect is Peter Markovich, of Arabella Golf Club (South Africa( fame. Home of the Kenyan Open, past winners include Ballesteros, Woosnam and Cañizares.
• Sigona Golf Club (1938)
18 holes - 6,519 yards - Par 71 - At an altitude of 6,600 ft./2.200 m. above sea level
Sitting near the Rift Valley at an altitude of 6,600 feet, Sigona receives more than average rainfall and boasts some of the greenest fairways in Kenya - The Kikuyu grass keeps the course looking lush and verdant year round. The course is very hilly and most of the eighteen tees are elevated. It is one course which will definitely test golf skills along with your physical conditioning.
Nairobi & Central Highlands
Unlike the ancient port of Mombasa, Nairobi is a completely modern creation that owes its existence to the East Africa railway. Originally established as a depot en route to Kampala in modern-day Uganda, Nairobi benefited from ample water supplies and a high elevation, which prevented malaria from taking hold.
In 1907, Nairobi became the capital of British East Africa, and subsequently attracted waves of white settlers, including Karen Blixen of Out of Africa fame. After independence, Nairobi underwent massive urbanization, resulting in the infamous slums depicted in The Constant Gardener. Today the city is seeking to reinvent itself as the economic hub of not only Kenya, but also the East Africa Community.
Nairobi National Park
Just outside town, Nairobi National Park is the only place in the world where you can go on a real safari with a backdrop of towering city skyline ! This savannah ecosystem is complete with its own wild beast, zebra, antelope, buffalo herds, lions and hyenas.
Karen Blixen's House & Museum
The museum was for many years the home of Danish Baroness Karen Blixen who established herself here in the early part of the last century - her story was made famous by the movie “Out of Africa”, with robert Redford and Meryl Streep. Endowed with lavish beautiful gardens. , the present day Museum site is at the heart of the larger coffee plantation run by Blixen between 1914 and 1931 and it was donated by the Danish Government to Kenya at independence. The house still has some belongings and furniture owned by Karen Blixen as well as some pieces donated by the makers of the film, "Out of Africa".
The Lake Nakuru National Park
In the expansive Great Rift Valley about two hours drive from Nairobi, Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the few National Parks set up especially to protect bird life. It is famous for the its Flamingos, besides a large population of mammals. Leopards, Lions, Hyenas, Giraffes, Rhinoceros and Waterbucks are usually sighted along the lake shores. This is also home of Baboons, Impalas, Buffalos, Monkeys, and Warthogs. Reedbucks and Elands. However, the main attractions are the Rhinos and the Park has been designated as a Rhino Sanctuary.
Masai Mara National Park and Mount Kenya are must see destinations when in Kenya, although a couple of days will at least be necessary to visit them from the capital.
Address & Contact
Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club
P.O. Box 45587-00100
Outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya Highlands
25 min. from Nairobi CBD
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), 45 min.
All year (Hotel & Golf)
Tropical climate, tempered by the altitude (1.800 m./5,800 ft.)