Kiligolf to host the 2017 East Africa Challenge

Alex Rechsteiner, winner of the January Monthly Mug

Following a successful New Year's Eve party at the Kiligolf clubhouse (the first of many to come), 2017 was welcomed in style with the Kiligolf team working non-stop in preparation for yet another year of fun, action and plenty of competition.

The 2017 fixtures officially kicked-off with the Monthly Mug on the 22nd of January, which got everyone back out on the course following a long and busy Christmas period. After a round of 18-holes in the 30+ degree heat, Alex Rechsteiner was named overall winner of the Men's division, whilst his wife Saskia Rechsteiner was named overall winner of the Ladies division! An enormous congratulations must go out to this golf-fanatic couple who continue to improve enormously month after month.

The winners of the other divisions were as follows:

  • Winner of Division A: Marc Green
  • Winner of Division B: Tom Fraser
  • Winner of Division C: Robert Daniel

Well done to all the players who made the effort to get back out on the course and take part in the tournament! We look forward to the re-match in February.

Even though rain has been in short supply these last few months, the golf course is looking as great as ever and in top playing condition. With regular fertilizing of both the greens and fairways, in addition to rough clearance and rock collection - the course continues to improve day by day.

The popular Friday Fiddle also continues on a weekly basis, alternating between the front and back nine. A huge thank you must go out to MMI Tanzania for sponsoring last week's Fiddle and for organizing a fun filled Mexican-themed evening with their infamous 'Tequila Raffle'.

Upcoming Tournaments in February:

  • The Valentines Scramble: 12th of February
  • The February Monthly Mug: 19th of February

2017 EAST AFRICA CHALLENGE

Kiligolf has been approached by the Tanzania Golf Union (TGU) to host this year's East Africa Challenge. With the tournament currently scheduled for the month of October, Kiligolf is extremely excited to become a part of this prestigious event that sees teams from Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya (to name but a few) battling it out for the title of best golfing nation in East Africa.

The TGU Chairman Joseph Tango is convinced the event will inspire local golf development when he says:

“Our young golfers will get a chance to play alongside the best in East Africa. At least 12 nations will be competing and we look forward to the exposure particularly for our growing youth golf.” 

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More details to follow soon! 

 

Kiligolf's Caddie Master Isaac wins the Arusha Open 2016!

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The largely anticipated Arusha Open was held at the Arusha Gymkhana Club this past weekend, where over 100 participants battled it out to be named overall winner of the tournament. With 18 holes played on both the Saturday and Sunday, there was plenty of top-level golf to be enjoyed by all.

Kiligolf's Caddie Master Isaac Wanyeche entered the tournament with a handicap of 3, and very soon became a force to be reckoned with. He played some fantastic golf on the first day, scoring a total of 78 points (gross) and putting himself in a comfortable position for day 2. Although the competition was fierce, Isaac played even better golf on the second and final day of the tournament, scoring an incredible 72 points (gross)!

With an overall score of 149, Isaac was unbeatable and was therefore named winner of the Arusha Open 2016! We are so proud of Isaac and all he has achieved. He is a great asset to the Kiligolf team and we look forward to seeing him winning many more tournaments in future. Congratulations Isaac!

Coming soon...

There are a number of fun and exciting tournaments coming up that you wont want to miss:

  1. The October Monthly Mug sponsored by Sea Cliff Zanzibar is scheduled for the 22nd of October
  2. Diani Blue and Lions Bluff from Kenya, are sponsoring both the Friday Fiddle and the November Monthly Mug on the 11th and 12th of November
  3. The infamous 'Movember' tournament is scheduled for the 13th of November. We look forward to seeing some snazzy mustaches out on the course!

Kiligolf opens the 'Dolly Aerodrome' with its first successful landing!

Captain Alex and his very happy wife Saskia

It may have taken some time to finish, but Kiligolf is extremely happy to announce the opening of the Dolly Aerodrome at the bottom of the golf and wildlife estate! The 1,500m airstrip was officially licenced by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority at the beginning of the week - just in time for one of Kiligolf's residents; Alex Rechsteiner to land his newly purchased aircraft!

The opening was celebrated in true Tanzanian style, with a group of over 60 residents and estate staff gathering to watch Alex land. Kiligolf was Alex's final stop on his epic journey that started almost 1 month ago in Kansas, USA. Alex, we are delighted to see you home and in one piece!

With a fully operational aerodrome and the opportunity to buy a hanger plot (to park and store your aircraft), Kiligolf hopes to see many more residents and visitors flying to and from the estate. We hope the aerodrome will open doors to many more people from all over East Africa (and beyond) who'd like to take advantage of our superb golf course!

In other news...

The September Monthly Mug, which was sponsored by Siringit Villa (located on fairway number 5 of the Kiligolf course) was held on the 18th of September, and was a massive success! Both old and new faces took part, keeping the competition alive and interesting. After a grueling 18-holes, Peniel Uliwa as named overall winner with 73 points (net)! A huge congratulations must go out to Peniel for such fantastic golf. Prizes were also awarded for each division, and Kiligolf is extremely proud to announce total Kiligolf dominance! Simon Travers; Kiligolf's Men's Captain, was Division A winner, Tom Fraser; Kiligolf's General Manager, was Division B winner and Robert Daniel; one of Kiligolf's fantastic members, was Division C winner. Well done to the three of you!

The Friday Fiddle is also still on every week and is getting more and more popular as the week's go by! A special shout out must go to Wei wei Bruins for being the first lady to win the fiddle with 19 points! Wei wei is one of Kiligolf's most regular players, and we are so happy that all her practice is paying off. Keep up the good work Wei wei!

Wei wei Bruins, the first lady winner of the Friday Fiddle at Kiligolf

Coming soon...

The Greenkeeper's Revenge tournament is scheduled for this Sunday (9th October), with tee-off from 10.00 am on wards. The 18-hole Stableford competition is sure to bring about a day full of fun and excitement, so make sure to sign up and take part!

 

Kiligolf hosts the Tanzania Open 2016

Having been approached by the Tanzania Golf Union (TGU), Kiligolf was selected to host the Tanzania Open from the 12th to the 14th of August. With players from all over East Africa taking part, the largest golf event on Tanzania's golfing calendar was a great success!

The event saw three grueling days of non-stop golf, with tee-off starting as early as 7am. Over 154 professional and amateur players fought hard to be named overall winner of the prestigious Tanzania Open (that dates back to the 1950's where it was known as the Tanganyika Open).

With tensions running high, and only a single stroke dividing the winners from the runners-up in both the professional and amateur divisions, the final day was a buzz of excitement! Tanzania's own Victor Joseph found himself cartwheeling into the lake surrounding the 18th island green after his chip ended up in the hole, and he finished his round with a top score! Would it be enough to win the Amateur division?

A special visit from the honourable Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Nape Nnauye on the final day - who played a casual round of golf himself with one of Kiligolf's Directors Jerome Bruins - made the event that much more memorable! Minister Nape Nnauye was not only blown away by Kiligolf's fantastic course, but also promised to give his full support to growing the game of golf in Tanzania.

Jacob Okello receiving his Tsh 6,000,000 from our fantastic sponsors

Whilst the Minister enjoyed his round, Kiligolf's Golf Manager Rory Elliot and his team counted up scores to see who would be taking the Tsh 6,000,000 cash prize home, and who would be named this year's Tanzania Open Champion.

A late prize giving commenced with speeches from Kiligolf's Men's Captain Simon Travers, and the TGU Chairman Joseph Tango. The title sponsors FNB and Jack Daniels were then invited to present the professional division winner's cheque to Jacob Okello from Kenya, who was named winner with 295 strokes! Kenyan dominance continued in the professional division with Simon Ngige in 2nd place with 298, Tony Omuli in 3rd place with 299, and Justus Madoya in 4th with 306. 5th place was tied by Uganda's Philip Kasozi and Kenya's Dismas Indiza with 307. Simon Ngige also made professional course record with 69 strokes.

Robinson Owiti receiving the Tanzania Open trophy from Minister Nape Nnauye

The honourable Minister Nape Nnauye was then asked to present the Amateur winner's prize - the Tanzania Open trophy. With a score of 302, Robinson Owiti from Kenya was named overall Amateur winner - just 1 stroke less than Tanzania's Victor Joseph who came a close 2nd with a score of 303! In 3rd place was Tanzania's Eric Nyenza with 306 strokes, and in tied 4th was Tanzania's Abas Adam and Kenya's John Kamau. A special shout out must go to Kiligolf's very own Caddie Master Isaac Wanyeche who came 5th with a score of 312. Isaac also made Amateur course record with 69 strokes.

Another special cheque of Tsh 1,000,000 was awarded by Minister Nape Nnauye to Kiligolf's Mr Kessy to go towards the Kiligolf Community Development Programme. Kiligolf works closely with Kwaugoro, Migadini, Maroroni and Kitefu villages to provide education, employment and health facilities, and this kind donation will ensure we can continue to help these people overcome the hardships of Africa.

Mr Kessy accepting a cheque from Minister Nape Nnauye for the Kiligolf Community Development Programme

Prizes for all the other divisions were as followed:

Amateur B division (Gross)
     1st: Noel Mheni (184)
     2nd: Alex Rechsteiner (181)
     3rd: Fadhil Hussein (180)

Amateur C division (Gross)
     1st: Adrian Roelofs (190)
     2nd: Shaizad Bhanji & Rajveer Singh (192)
     3rd: David Rechsteiner (199)

Ladies division (Gross)
     1st: Neema Olomi (167)
     2nd: Christine Flentge (210)
     3rd: Saskia Rechsteiner (231)

Junior Boys Winner (Gross): Manraj Chadha (183)
Junior Ladies Winner (Gross): Celina Patel (219)

Senior Winner (Gross): Tony Frisby (178)

A huge congratulations must go out to all the professionals and amateurs who traveled far and wide to attend this year's Tanzania Open at Kiligolf. It was a great pleasure to see so many ladies and junior players take to the course, and we hope to see even more of you next year. An enormous thank you must also go out to all the fantastic sponsors that made such an event possible. We look forward to continuing our partnerships well into the future.

For more pictures, check out the Tanzania Open page on the Kiligolf website by clicking here.

See you next year!

A win for Kiligolf in Moshi!

Dastan accepting his prize at the Moshi Mug

Dastan accepting his prize at the Moshi Mug

The weather in Tanzania may be getting colder, but Kiligolf is still as busy as ever with even more golfers taking to the course than before! The cooler temperatures brought about 15 golfers for last week's Friday Fiddle (a great turnout!), where Kiligolf's very own Director, Bas Bruins was named overall winner with a fantastic 20 points. A huge congratulations must go out to him for his first ever Fiddle win! We hope this is just the first of many.

The Moshi Mug

The Moshi Mug was also held last weekend and was attended by Jerome Bruins, Robert Daniel, Dastan Nelson and Rory Elliot from Kiligolf. Although the competition was fierce, Dastan played like a champion and received a prize for the best score on the 1st nine. An enormous congratulations must go out to him for all his achievements in the last few weeks!

 

Overall it was a fantastic day and excellent to see so many players from Kiligolf attending. We hope to see some Moshi golfers playing our next Monthly Mug at the end of July!

 

The ladies take over at Kiligolf!

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Last Friday marked a special day at Kiligolf with over 37 lady golfers taking to the course! The day started with a solid practice session on the driving range, followed by a fun and friendly round on the golf course.

Having traveled all the way from Kenya for the Ladies Open at the Arusha Gymkhana Club, the ladies spent a relaxing day at Kiligolf followed by a fantastic lunch at the Nduruma Polo & Country Club. They couldn't have enjoyed themselves more, and have told us they look forward to coming back again soon! All we can say is "Karibu tena!"

In other news, the June Monthly Mug will be taking place at Kiligolf this Sunday (the 26th). With a Tsh 30,000 entrance fee, we hope to see lots of familiar faces battling it out to become this month's winner. We wish all the players the best of luck!

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A ssssslithery situation on Hole 11

Last Friday's Fiddle proved to be another close call with Dastan Nelson scraping a win with 19 points, followed closely by Peter Bruins on 17 points and Justin Trappe on 16 points! This is Dastan's second Fiddle win in a row - so a huge congratulations must go out to him for such strong and consistent golf! Will it be a hat trick this coming Friday? We'll have to wait and see!

With the men taking all the limelight recently, we are happy to announce that 37 lady golfers from Kenya will be playing at Kiligolf this Friday! They have come down for the Arusha Ladies Open at the Gymkhana Club on Saturday and Sunday - but have decided to play a round at Kiligolf for some last minute practice before the Open. We are extremely excited to have so many women golfers at Kiligolf, and hope we will see much more of them in future!

In other news, 16 new boys and girls from our neighbouring villages are currently in training to become Kiligolf caddies! With so many new players coming to Kiligolf, and the Tanzania Open looming, we are in need of more caddies - and where better to find them, than in the villages surrounding Kiligolf, where we work hard to provide employment and support through our fantastic Community Development Programme.

A python spotted sunbathing at the 11th hole

A python spotted sunbathing at the 11th hole

Other updates include the new tee-box markers and red and yellow hazard markers that are now in place throughout the course. The course rough has also been cut back a good 10 meters, which will make finding your golf balls that much easier!

SPOTTED: A slippery, slithering friend has been spotted on the 11th hole. If you're a snake enthusiast, have a look if you can find him sunbathing in the grass!

At the bottom of the estate, the airstrip has now been graded and is due to be completed within the next two months. We hope this will allow many more golfers from Kenya and Uganda, as well as Kiligolf residents, much quicker and easier access in and out of the estate.

Coming Soon...
The June Monthly Mug is scheduled for Sunday the 26th, where Justin Trappe will be defending his May title. With tee-off at 10.00 am and an entrance fee of Tsh 30,000, we look forward to seeing you all there!