Diwaka Tours & Travel Limited
Aqua Plaza 4th Floor
P.O. Box 17001-00100, Nairobi - Kenya
One of the first courses to draw overseas golfers to Kenya, Sigona remains one of the high flyers of African golf – and continues to draw unexpected visitors to its fairways.
Originally constructed as one man’s fancy in 1938, Sigona Golf Club has brought delight to thousands of avid golfers over the past 70 years. The course was the farsighted dream of Mr. Jack Berkley-Matthews, head of the Kikuyu Estates agricultural company, who excised part of his firm’s rolling wattle tree plantations to build a personal nine-hole course.
More than 30 years later, Berkley-Matthews’ dream was completed when Sigona became an 18-hole championship course, with the shortening of some of its lengthy par 5s and the addition of several challenging bunkers. Today, Sigona’s hilly Kikuyu-grass fairways are widely regarded as among the lushest, most beautiful, and most challenging in eastern Africa.
Sigona’s original course was routed around an elephants’ watering hole – the reason for the elephant’s head on its striking club logo. The yellow-flowering wattles that divided the fairways have since been joined by a rich variety of shade and ornamental trees: podos, moringas, cape chestnuts and pines.
Today, Sigona’s lush fairways and flawless greens are watered by a computerised irrigation system and the regular rainfall that falls on this high shoulder of the Great Rift Valley. The beautiful green surroundings and serene atmosphere belie the fact that the club is just 25 minutes from downtown Nairobi, along the main Naivasha highway.
There are unexpected surprises to be had here: golfers have been known to be disturbed by a variety of antelopes, including the majestic Beisa oryx, as well as a number of smaller mammals and Central Kenya’s ever magnificent birdlife.
Members only times: Wednesday afternoon from 1200 hrs and Saturdays (club competition days)