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Uganda Golf Club

Address Uganda Golf Club
Kitante Road - Kampala
Telephone 236848
Office 233911
Holes 18
Yardage 6684 yards
Par 72
Visitors No Information
Green Fees
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Course Designer The original Course (Est. 1907) lay between Makerere Hill and Mulago Hill, then known as the Wandegeya Valley. In 1919, the course was moved to Kitante Valley.
Location Located in the city centre
Facilities No Information
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Kitante - Uganda Golf Club
I have lived in Uganda for the past 9 years and am a regular playing member (11hcp). Having read the last blog (dated 2012) felt I needed to update readers. The Club has undergone a serious revamp program of late with a concerted effort to bring greens and fairways into a far more "groomed" condition. Most fairways now are significantly better with a resurgence of Bermuda Grass providing a far superior playing surface and the greens have been improved from around 6 to over 8 (stimp reading) and even over 9 during the recent Uganda Open.
There is also the addition of 13 new bunkers (in 2014/15) and the recent addition of a significantly enlarged lake on the 12th (index 1) and a new water feature on hole 4.
The Committee has also reviewed the pricing structure and a guest staying at one of the local affiliated hotels (Metropole, Serena, Golf Course Hotel) can now play for around $6 or any guest can play for $15, if accompanied by a member. Unfortunately stand alone guests still have to pay around $70. Group rates and multi-round discount rates may apply.
Mark: 8
Value For Money: Good
Ian Parker December 5, 2016

The Uganda Golf Course in Kampala is a good track, worth playing. But note that it is not value for money at a ridiculous £70 per round for visitors. You'll be much better taking the trip to Entebbe GC where you'll pay £12.50 per round, and you'll be out in the wide open spaces near Lake Victoria.
I've played the course a couple of times recently (my membership of Jinja GC came through entitling me to the ridiculously cheap fee of £1.50). The course was a fair test for me (a 13 handicapper). The tees, fairways, bunkers and greens were not 'immaculate' or 'manicured', but they were in pretty good nick and, I have to say, better than those in Entebbe.
The Kampala course comprises a good range of 18 holes in 'rolling parkland' with a few steepish slopes, broad tree-lined fairways, and a burn that meanders throughout. Most of the holes are well-designed with the burn coming into play quite appropriately, several thought-provoking doglegs, and some well-positioned bunkers. Par is 72: four par 5s and three par 3s on the front nine, one par 5 and two par 3s on the back nine. The course plays all of its 6684 yards, but whereas Entebbe has a par 4 of 473 yards (for me unreachable in 2), Kampala's 476 yard hole is a much more generous par 5.
The 1st hole, a 509 yard par 5, really needs you to be in full swing right from the start. Your initial drive up a short, steepish slope should aim for the left side of the fairway. Anything right of centre will bounce down towards trees and trouble. But a good drive, followed by a good 3-wood (keep it left) and a pitch should see you to a very satisfactory par to start with. The 2nd, a slightly downhill 392 yard par 4, bends round and to the right. Again, aiming left off the tee should take you down to the centre of the fairway, and a mid-iron to the left side of the green will see you roll down nicely. Two putts and we've started par, par. Turning back towards the clubhouse, the 3rd is a flat, straight and straightforward 544 yard par 5. The fairway is broad enough for there to be no excuse for hitting the trees on the right or burn on the left. A straight drive, 3-wood and pitch will give you a third successive par. The 129 yard 4th hole, stroke index 18, looks easy enough from the tee. But with the burn and bunkers circling the front apron, trees to the right and sand at the back, you need to be careful. As a 13 handicapper, I think we'd better return to reality and assume less than perfection. So I'll be relatively happy with a four that takes me to a commendable one over par for the first four holes.
The 5th, a 501 yard par 5 takes us away to the south boundary of the course. It's stroke index 6 (I would suggest SI 3 would be nearer the truth) and requires a drive that avoids the burn on the left and the trees on the right. A good drive will encourage you to go for a 3-wood carry over the burn. About 100 yards in front of the green the burn meanders round to catch the less-than-perfect 3-wood, or the duffed pitch. I'll accept a bogey and move swiftly on to the 6th which is probably the least interesting hole. A 164 yard par 3, it's there simply to take you up the hill to the 7th. Let's award ourselves a par and head for the 7th tee. A bit more testing this par 4: 414 yards slightly uphill and bending left. You need to aim for the mango tree half-way up the right-hand rough, then hit a medium-to-long iron to come down to the green from the right. A bogey is a likely outcome (and we are talking stroke index 2). The 539 yard par 5 8th is a well-shaped hole and not too difficult. If you tackle the severe dogleg left down the slope to the green with a drive up the right, a good 3-wood round the corner and an accurate pitch/chip, you could well be looking at birdie (but probably not me). The par 3 178 yard 9th is straightforward for me, a nice straight 4-iron on to a large, receptive green will assure my par. So, out in a 3 over par 40 (I wish!) At 433 yards, the par 4 10th needs a good drive and a longish iron to reach the green. With trees on the right and the burn on the left, there is not a huge margin for error. Indeed, due to the length factor, we'll assume bogey either here or at the 11th - a 220 yard par 3 with a huge green but with the burn punishing the fade/slice. We've now come back to the clubhouse and across the main road. The 448 yard par 4 12th is stroke index 1 (very understandably). A good drive from an elevated tee down the left will be fine, but a slice will take you into that blessed burn. And if you don't hit your long second shot to the green on the button, you'll be in the burn that's come round the front of the green or the 'bale-out' bunker to the right of the green. Let's take bogey and move on. We've only played 10, 11 and 12, and we're already 2 over par on the inward half. However, the par 5 13th at 476 yards should not be a problem as long as your drive carries the broad dip between tee and fairway. Thereafter, there's plenty of room as you climb up a wide fairway to the green. At the 374 yard par 4 14th you find an inviting elevated tee encouraging you to blast the ball down the hill for an easy pitch up to the green. Still 2 over for the inward half. However, the 15th (par 4 410 yards) could well bite you. A severe dogleg left, your drive must soar over a large mango tree on your left and land on the fairly limited area of fairway that will give you an unimpeded (beware trees on the left) approach to the green. Bogey is likely. The par 4 16th at 406 yards (avoid main road on your right) and par 3 17th at 145 yards (avoid bunker front left) are fairly straightforward, and we'll assume pars. So we are on the 18th tee on a total of 6 over par. It's a 402 yard par 4. I'll be happy to bag another par, and I really should with a good drive into the heart of an upsloping fairway. A good middle iron up the hill to the heart of the green avoiding bunkers to right and left sees me finish with par and a round of 78 (6 over). And well chuft!
Mark: 8
Value For Money: Poor
Stuart Ritchie October 25, 2012

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