Karen CC in Nairobi, Kenya
Recently used on Challenge Tour (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013); inaugural Euro Tour edition in 2019
6,922 yards – Par 71 – Bentgrass Greens
Fairways and Rough: Kikuyu overseeded with ryegrass
Architect: Remy Martin (1937); David Jones (2015)
Water Hazards: 8 holes
Altitude: 6,140 feet above sea level
Important Interview Quotes
DANIE VON TONDER: I think I used driver 14 times. There’s nothing too tricky about the course, I think I used an iron (off the tee) maybe once, but otherwise it’s a simple tactic of driver and a wedge. -2016
MORITZ LAMPERT: I feel really comfortable around here and I played quite a lot of practice – 18 holes on Monday, 9 on Tuesday and then 18 in the Pro-Am – just to get a feeling of how far the ball goes and what it does out of the semi-rough. -2016
SEBASTIAN SODERBERG: The conditions here are tricky, you’ve got to be careful with your yardages because we’re at altitude here so you base them off your previous shot, but I managed to do it pretty well today. I got a head start playing in South Africa in February and then I played down in Spain a few weeks ago so I felt like the tournament rust was off and I was ready to get going.
Dylan Frittelli: I’m certainly confident and I feel comfortable here – I know the golf course well and I feel very at home. We’re about 5,500-6,000ft above sea-level which is the same as Johannesburg and the ball flies miles – that’s something the European boys will have to get used to this week and a lot of the guys have noticed it already.
I’ve had a couple of good results here in the past, made two cuts and missed one, but I enjoy this golf course. It’s a fun track to play, you’ve got to hit a few different shots and keep it in play, which is nice to see these days – most courses we play are long and tough and you’ve got to bomb the driver but this is a fun one. -2016
BRANDON STONE: If you look at the history of this event, the South Africans have always done well, and I think that is because we are used to the conditions, the heat, and we have plenty of similar courses back home. -2015
OSCAR STARK: I like the atmosphere here in Kenya, and the layout is good too. It is tight in places and quite tricky, which I like, and the greens are tricky too. That all suits me, and overall I just really like it. -2015
SEBASTIAN HEISELE: It is a course that sets up well for me as you need to hit a lot of fairways and greens, and then get it as close to the hole. I was struggling with my consistency on the greens, but I made the best of it, which is a credit to my long game.
The big advantage I have here is that I studied in Colorado for four years, which is 1,600 metres up – compared to 1,800 here, so I knew what to expect once I arrived. There are three more days to go though, but it is a good position to be in ahead of tomorrow. -2015
MAX ORRIN: The course is very nice, it is up at altitude and it is pretty tight, so the ball is going a bit further. You have to be straight, and you don’t have to hit it too far or bomb it, and I feel like it is a course that suits my game if I’m playing well as I am quite steady and straight. -2015
JUSTIN WALTERS: It is a very positional layout, and you have to think your way round it, and manage your game so as to give yourself as many birdie opportunities as possible. South African’s have a good history here too, so hopefully I can kick start my year and give myself more direction for the season. -2015