A $50 million golf complex on the Kenyan coast has become the first in Africa to secure world-renowned PGA approval.

Vipingo Ridge began as a dream to create a championship course and five star golf retreat from old sisal and mango plantations back in 2004. Now the complex - on the Mombasa-Malindi Highway - is thriving, with its championship Baobab course and homes fit for kings. But most importantly - it has the historic and globally recognised Professional Golfers’ Association seal of approval.

PGA Head of Property and Development Guy Moran said:

“It is the first time that we have accredited a golf course on the African Continent. We are glad that Kenya has now joined the league of PGA branded facilities around the world.”

PGA support will have massive benefits for Vipingo resort - and not just as a world recognised seal of excellence for golfers wishing to visit. Founded in 1901, The PGA is the world’s first golf professional members' organisation representing over 7,500 professionals working in more than 60 countries.

The affiliation serves as a highly valued International seal of approval and assures visitors and owners that the course is built and maintained to a certain set standard.

But the PGA seal offers more than ensuring the course and complex offer world beating standards. There are a series of educational options to ensure the club’s golf coaching facilities are top class too.

The PGA has cutting edge education available to aspiring golf professionals and others with key roles in the golfing industry.

The Association will work with Vipingo Ridge to create a bespoke educational programme at the complex which in turn will provide a learning facility for those in the Country wishing to follow a career in the Golf Industry.

Vipingo Ridge director Saleem Haji said: ““With the PGA support, we can now start training some of the local caddies to be professionals and they will be able to give lessons. They could then go out into the community, into schools and start introducing local kids to the game.''

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