The five-star golf resort of Vipingo Ridge is a popular day trip for Hemingways guests. It's a 20-minute drive away from the hotel or we could organise a helicopter shuttle. It has an 18-hole course with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. A meandering system of water features runs through the course, keeping the green bright and spongy. This verdure is also an oasis for myriad birds and butterflies. The fairway has been expertly modelled so that every hole poses a unique strategic challenge to golfers. Once you’ve mastered the effects of the fickle monsoon breezes to complete this 72-par course, head to the terrace bar of the Swahili style clubhouse to watch the sun set over the western inland horizon of baobabs and sisal plantations.
The signature 16th hole is a fantastic par four with six different tees down to a broad landing area beside a glittering lake. An uphill second shot features a cascading stream along the left of the fairway, with strategic bunkers to be avoided to find the large green.
The vast practice area with its well-spaced target greens allows golfers to replicate any conceivable shot on the course, and, at almost 300 metres in length, the driving range contains the longest of hitters.
- Golf clubs and buggies for hire
- 300m driving range with target greens
- Two large putting greens, chipping green with bunker
- Locker rooms with showers and towels
- Restaurant, bar, rooftop terrace
- Friday club nights
- Helicopter shuttles can be arranged from Hemingways