Saturday, July 05, 2008

Golf the Source of the Nile

Jinja is a lovely place to play golf, loads of tourist infrastructure, lots of crumbling Art-Deco buildings, and a decent hotel next to the club and gorgeous scenery.

Green fees are a modest 2000 ugx, and caddies get at least 3000 for 9 holes, 6-6k for 18. Built in the 1920's apparently, the clubhouse has a murky pool, bar, darts and ~150 members. Tennis courts (clay and an overgrown grass court) are available as well.

It's a 9 hole layout, that you play twice from different tee boxes (as will be true of many courses in Uganda). The back 9 tee boxes being slightly shorter than the front. You still go out in 36, and come home in 36*. I shot a 48 for some reason, perhaps it was the un-puttable greens, full of the bumpy termite diggings you see here.

Quaint local rule: On the green, if a hippo footprint interferes with the line of the putt, one gets relief !!

The signature hole IMO is the second, shown below, 163 yard carry over a valley, with the Source of the Nile a bad duck hook away.

All in all a nice golfing experience, would definitely go back again!

P.S. The marabou are clean birds, once you leave Kampala!

* hole by hole description may be available in "Uganda Golf Guide 2008"

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