Visiting European tour players were treated to a Safari experience at the backdrop of the just concluded Magical Kenya Open at the Muthaiga Golf Club. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was sponsored by the Kenya Tourism Board whichwas one of the key sponsors of the prestigious golf tournament.

Kenya Tourism Board CEO, Dr. Betty Radier, said the Magical Kenya Open was meant to market Kenya as the ideal wildlife and sports tourism destination.

Zander Lombard, a professional golfer from South Africa termed conducive weather a plus to Kenya as a golfing destination. 

“The beautiful weather, scenery, great nature, and beautiful landscape is what keeps me coming back to Kenya every year.”

Dutch professional golfer, Daan Huizing, said he enjoyed the trip and was looking to visit the country more often for the full wildlife and golfing experience.

“We are very happy for the opportunity to visit the Nairobi National Park and see animals closely. It’s definitely on my bucket list to come back to Kenya without golf clubs to just enjoy the country.”

“We are glad to have invited some of the golfers for a familiarisation trip as we try to get them to have a taste of Kenya’s tourism. Our goal is to also convert these players into our ambassadors when they go back to their countries. We want to tell the world that there is much more to Kenya when visitors come to play a round of golf here.” added Dr. Betty Radier 

The Magical Kenya Open which is part of the elite European Tour (now DP World Tour) was held at Muthaiga Golf Club and saw Wu Ashun become the first Asian player to win the tournament beating defending champion Justine Harding. This will be the third time that the event will be held under the auspices of the DP World Tour.

The 2022 tournament featured over 150 local and international golfers from over 30 different countries. Some of the notable names included Italian Guido Migliozzi – winner of the 2019 edition and South African Justin Hardin who won the tournament in 2021.

By Ariel Okall