Last week on Thursday, I was invited to play at the JD Lohana Golfing Society Golf Tournament at Thika Greens and I couldn’t say no. You see, this would be my third time playing and I need to hand over a good card for handicap consideration so in my head it would have been safe to play Golf Park last weekend than head up to a very long Thika Greens but in the spirit of adventure… I confirmed my attendance.
I spent the night at my sister’s place in Thika (thank you Cate & Family for the love and pampering) so that I am fresh and energetic on Sunday as I’d be teeing off at 7.30am. I got to Thika Greens at 6.45 AM and I was greeted by the beautiful monstrosity that the place is. I mean, WOW!
LGS Captain, Gopal Savani was the only chap at the venue at the time and the pleasant guys from Jack Daniel’s were busy setting up. A few meet and greets later meant that I didnt get time to hit the range to loosen up the body and I teed off together with Ski (a really pleasant chap) and Amar.
The first thing anyone will tell you about Thika Greens is that it’s looooong. So loong that in between some holes, there are carts waiting to take you to the next tee box. Picture this, Thika greens has four Par 3s with the longest Par 3 being the 220 Yard (201 Club Yards) hole 6. Ten Par 4s with the longest being the 505 Yard (471 Club Yards) hole 9 and 4 Par 5s with the longest being the 666 yards (622 Club Yards) hole 4. I mean, get ready to walk and walk but then get ready to be assaulted by the beauty of the course and wide fairways that even a beginner like me can land a drive on the fairway therefore making it a great outing for just about everyone. Should you land on the rough, I am sorry but get ready to piga mingi… I hit 11 clubs on hole 16 which is a stroke index 12, so it should have been damn easy but it wasn’t. The greens were so good, I mean, so good that if you are used to the hard and fast greens here in Nairobi, you should go play on some slow and well watered greens up at Thika Greens. The cons, they need to work on their caddies. Yes, the caddies need some work. Over and above that I will be heading back I think twice this month (yes, the green fees and beers are that cheap) and I will be a regular in the future.
The JD LGS Tournament just about wrapped up by 2.30 ish, we had a nice warm meal and hanged out on the 19th hole making friends and planning future games. I got to sit and chat with Yagna and she reminded me of another pleasant soul that we lost a few years ago who was also a Lohana. I am of the opinion that there isn’t a community as humble, hospitable and pleasant inside out as the Lohanas. None that I am yet to encounter. The prize giving started and we got to see a sponsor and organizer who wanted to reward guys for playing that long course. The prized were well thought out and the goodie bags even better!
Thank you Gopal for the invite. Thank you Jack Daniel’s for splashing on us. That Honey is so sweet, I might be your new convert. Thank you Lohana Golfing Society for being so hospitable & pleasant and Thank you Thika Greens for throwing such a challenge. I’ll be back!!
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For now, here are a few photos from the 19th hole.