Malawi may not feature on the list of top international golfing destinations; yet there are some remarkable courses in both Lilongwe and Blantyre that would impress any avid golfer.
Visitors will find a dozen nine-hole golf courses spread across Malawi, along with just one 18-hole golf course; but this should not detract golfers from travelling to Malawi with the aim of enjoying a satisfying round. Mbawa Country Club is located in a 500 acre game park surrounded by one of the last remaining indigenous areas of forest and grassland in Malawi. This nine-hole course was designed and constructed by renowned golf architect Peter Matkovich, who has created a series of acclaimed courses worldwide.
Golfers are in for a treat when they play at Mbawa as their round is likely to be accompanied by exceptional viewing of wild animals such as giraffe and zebras plus the ‘big six’ antelope (kudu, eland, roan, sable, nyala and waterbuck) as well as a proliferation of birdlife.
Game Haven Lodge provides first-rate accommodation and guests can enjoy beautiful views of Mbawa Country Club. The lodge has five luxurious en-suite cottages, each with a fireplace and a veranda. There is also a choice of 20 spacious executive suites, all equipped with modern amenities to ensure a thoroughly comfortable stay. The decor in each room is a perfect complement to the surroundings, while the standard of service and cuisine at the Ambrosia Restaurant is a reflection of the property’s class and style.
Right in the heart of the capital is Lilongwe Golf Club, a semi-private 18-hole course, the only one in Malawi. Built in 1930, the course has beautiful fairways and, thanks to the recently upgraded irrigation system, it is now playable year-round. Lilongwe Golf Club is home to the Malawi Open and continues to attract professional golfers from across the world.
Malawi has eight other golf courses. They include Blantyre Sports Club (founded in 1896), Limbe Country Club, Mulanje Golf Course, Thyolo Golf Club and Nchalo Golf Club. There is also a nine-hole, par-3 course at Mlambe belonging to the Makokola Retreat on Lake Malawi.