Each year, a special event graces the greens of Limuru Country Club: The Brackenhurst Cup. The relationship between golf and Brackenhurst dates back to 1926, when local farmers, led by Scott Bradshaw, established both a nine hole golf course and hotel that would later become the Brackenhurst Conference and Retreat Centre. Local golf enthusiasts were soon looking for more and an 18 hole course was established at Limuru Golf Club. Remnants of the nine hole course at Brackenhurst still remain but, with each passing year and the growth of the forest, they are harder to find.
Limuru Country Club is home to one of the region’s oldest and most prestigious golf courses, celebrated for its verdant, highland landscape. The Brackenhurst Cup serves to commemorate a near-century-old connection between the club and Brackenhurst, a relationship steeped in rich history.
The tournament typically attracts some of the best amateur golfers not just from Kenya but also from other parts of East Africa. The competition is known for its stiff level of challenge, as Limuru Country Club’s course is set amidst varying terrains and altitudes, demanding both technical skill and strategic thinking.
During this year’s event, representatives from Brackenhurst were in attendance. Located at the 18th hole, they had a great day meeting with golfers, attendees, and the Limuru Country Club management team. Mr. Juma gave a speech on behalf of the Brackenhurst Conference and Retreat Centre management team before presenting the Brackenhurst Cup to the 2023 champion, Mr. Itimu Kiruti.
The Brackenhurst Cup’s enduring legacy and ongoing success make it a key event on the Kenyan golfing calendar. It also serves to keep the history of golf at Brackenhurst alive, offering an intriguing footnote in both our history and that of the broader Limuru region.
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