Kilifi, KENYA: The ministry of sports is in the process of improving sports tourism both local and international through public and private participation in golf, officials said.
Speaking at the official launch of the first Professional Golfers Association (PGA )Baobab Vipingo Ridge golf Course on Tuesday, Sports CS Dr.Hassan Wario said the game will attract players to improve sports tourism in the country.
“Our own local players and spectators travelling to this part of the country to participate in golf, will promote domestic tourism,” he said.
Wario further said Vipingo will be a cosmopolitan place with the fact that spectators increase every year with growing interests in the game of golf.
“In recognition of the fact that the game is an expensive sport, it is high time to introduce it early in schools and encourage participation; we have set aside funds to rehabilitate a golf course at Lenana School in Nairobi,” he said.
He added that the government through the Ministry of Education will support the game so as to do away with the perspective that golf is only for high class people.
The CS further said plans are at an advanced stage to develop public golf course on a private public partnership at Kasarani, Nairobi.
The chairman Vipingo Ridge Alastair Cavenagh said the PGA brings challenges and a learning experience for golf players.
The 18-hole Baobab Golf Course in Kilifi County is the first golf course on the African continent to attain the prestigious PGA accreditation.