BY MATHIAS RINGA
Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa in Uganda is set to launch an 18-hole golf course in October this year.
The golf course, one of its kind in Uganda was designed by Golf Plan USA under the guidance of principal architect Kevin Ramsey, and boasts sweeping views of Lake Victoria.
Its unique features include a finishing hole with an island green that is rare in many courses around the world and is the first golf course in Uganda to have bent grass.
The Lake Victoria Serena Golf Club is a private club offering a challenging layout for the ever-evolving golfer looking for an enjoyable golfing experience.
The course also has a Golf Academy with 780 square metre of putting green, which acts as both a teaching and practise facility designed to replicate various shot areas such as short game area, a practice bunker and chipping green.
Currently, seven of the remaining nine holes are complete with the last two now being planted. The expected launch of the new 18-hole golf course is set to take place in October during the Serena Open.
Constructed to full USGA specifications, the beautiful designed golf course is suitable for all level of golfers with each hole presenting a different encounter.
“This is more than just a golf club; it is a premier golfing complex with improved facilities to encourage both the golfing and social aspect of the club,” the Resort manager Frankline Nyakundi said.
“We hope to fulfill the aspirations of golfers and entice visitors to consider membership to either the golf club or the golf academy.”
While construction is ongoing, there has been no interference with daily operations of the club with the existing nine holes being used by players.
The Lake Victoria Serena Golf Club has set the trend as the only Clubhouse in Uganda with a fully-fledged Pro-Shop selling world class golfing merchandise.
It also hosts a clubhouse, a restaurant, bar, one half-way house, a conference room, locker rooms as well as ladies and gents steam rooms.
Mr Nyakundi added: “The construction boom of golf courses and its related facilities in East Africa is a clear indication of an unexploited market for golf tourism.
“As we pursue our golf expansion plans, we encourage the public to take up golfing as a sport as well as the private sector’s support through association initiatives and sponsorships.”
The Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa nurtures the growth of golf by hosting bi-annual sports camps for children in April and August.
The opportunity enables young players acquire great skills in the game at an early age, mentored and trained by a US Kids Club certified coach.
With the opening of the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway, the Resort is now more accessible to golfers, business and leisure visitors.
Travellers, who are not golf enthusiasts can indulge in the other facilities at the resort with a raft of activities to choose from.
Golfers can enjoy nature walks to absorb the beautiful panoramic views of the golf course and surrounding lake view, dine at the Marina and Lago (Fine Dinning) Restaurants, set out for a romantic picnic cruise on the Lake Victoria, visit the neighbouring Chimpanzee Island, or relaxing moments at the Maisha Spa where a range of different massage and beauty treatment can be enjoyed.
The 45,070 square metre Marina can accommodate up to 24 boats, each with a service station for electricity and water.
Anthony Chege, Country manager, Serena Hotels Uganda, commented:”The Lake Victoria Serena Golf Course is one of the most beautiful courses in the region.
“We could not be more proud to have it on our property and simply cannot wait to be positioned as the best golf and spa resorts in Africa.”