Kenya’s Skilled Golfer Dismas Indiza from Mumias makes a swing in a previous tournament [PHOTO: Maarufu Mohamed, Standard]

There’s this new golfing route in Uganda (smartly more than likely now not so new taking into account that it’s been open for approximately a yr now), the place golfers and birds have learnt to co-exist.

The birds at Lake Victoria Serena Golfing Lodge in Kigo get started their tweeting because the solar rises over the lake they usually stay at it at the same time as golfers move spherical anxious their peace.

I’ve been right here for one week refereeing on the Uganda Open and should say that tweets from the unique citizens of this lawn of Eden are a lot better than the ones of Twitterati. The Uganda Open may now not had been held at a greater venue. As I watch the gamers move during the route, I every now and then assume that the birds have learnt to be in contact to golfers.

For example, I watched as a golfer hooked his ball at the 18th hollow and his ball startled a couple of gray topped cranes that had been playing a day walk at the 17th fairway. The gray topped cranes flew away as they knowledgeable the participant of his subsequent transfer: “Oooh-haau!… ooh-haau!” they trumpeted. Within the Gîkûyû language, “ooh-hau” loosely translated method “simply over there!”.

The birds which can be to be discovered in lots of Ugandan trademarks appeared to be telling the participant to not transfer ahead however to tee it up once more because the 17th fairway is out of bounds for gamers at the 18th hollow.

That is the one to be had possibility for gamers who hit the ball out of bounds in primary competitions. Omit the choice of losing the ball at the fairway for a two-stroke penalty that many gamers are speaking about. That possibility can’t be utilized in a handicapping tournament or perhaps a primary tournament just like the Uganda Open. Allow us to simply agree this is handiest to be had for pleasant rounds on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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The architect of Lake Victoria Serena Golfing Lodge noticed it have compatibility to have water options on the entire 18 holes. A mishit shot at the route will without a doubt finally end up in a watery grave. Looking at the little vibrant malachite kingfisher taking a dive and rising from the water, some gamers on the Uganda Open should have needed that their golfing balls may emerge in the similar sleek and easy means after being hit into the drink.

One participant who ran out of golfing balls after dunking his closing one at the 12th hollow was once questioning whether or not to go away the route in advance. At that very second, the japanese gray plantain-eater began its snigger sounding name nearly as though on cue. The participant may now not cover his satisfaction when he learnt that he’s allowed to borrow golfing balls from fellow competition to finish his spherical.

Essentially the most important announcement made through the President of the Uganda Golfing Union, Mr Blameless Kihika, is this yr’s Uganda Open will shape a part of the Safari Excursion. The street to the 2020 Magical Kenya Open will now make 3 stops in Uganda and one in Tanzania along with the seven occasions right here in Kenya. Having the gray topped crane (or crested crane as some name it) trophy will likely be a feather within the Safari Excursion’s cap.

Vincent Wang’ombe is an govt member of Kenya Golfing Union

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