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Where luxury meets golf – Sundowner Hotel

In my previous article on the Sundowner Hotel in Athi River, I mentioned that the hotel is located inside Greenview suburbs. The same setup goes with Thika Greens Golf Resort.

Located in Kandara in the outskirts of Thika town, the resort was established in 2008, with the key objective being real state. From Nairobi CBD, it took me about one hour to get to Thika Greens. However, it’s just a 15-minute drive from Thika CBD.

If you are looking for a place to have some quiet time, you will be impressed by this place. Driving up to the hotel made me feel like I was arriving at a private residence. The vast compound oozes a lot of grandiosity. The feeling I got on my way into the hotel was that of a cottage.

Thika Greens still looks new and its appearance was seemingly designed for the chosen few who love only the finer things. I went over to their restaurant that had just a bunch of guests, so I opted to sit on the terrace.

The scenery, which overlooks the landscape of the expansive golf course, looks so beautiful and refreshing. It had been raining when I visited, so there was nothing much that was going on in the 18-hole championship golf course.

As we were getting ready to order for food and refreshments, we chose to have a single bourbon to settle us in before indulging any further. And indeed, it did. Even if the weather was a bit chilly, the drink did calm our nerves.

The golf villas offer a feeling of undiluted splendour.

We then proceeded to make an à la carte order. I was pretty disappointed that there was nothing new on it; just the normal dishes. So, I went for the sauté potatoes with pork chops.

But we started out with a bottle of Lebanese wine, the  Blanc De Blancs by Chateau Kefraya. It was refreshingly smooth. The sauté potatoes were well done. I was more than impressed.

I would be lying if I say we only stuck to the pork chops. We really went for a home run with this meal. We ordered a beef wellington; basically baked beef fillet coated with pastry. The crunchiness and taste… it felt out of this world!

Just when I thought we couldn’t eat anymore, we ordered some dessert to complete the evening. I went for my all-time favourite, the chocolate dessert. I can say the service was a bit slow on the food and I guess it’s because the service staff was quite busy as it was on a weekend.

Normally on weekends, this place literally fills up with all sorts of visitors. Whether it’s a family unit on an outing, lovers on a date or golf lovers doing bookings or getting busy on the course, Thika Greens is always a beehive of activities on weekends.

One of the restaurant hosts, whom I only identified as David, did an impeccable job. He was attentive and handy when we needed him. For you to visit the golf club, you don’t have to be a member, but you can be accompanied by a member, but at a fee.

Apart from the golf course, the facility also has villas for accommodating guests. A standard room goes for Sh9,000 a night with the highest going for Sh13,000.

Thika Greens doesn’t have a lot of amenities, but it has a posh ground for events such as weddings and corporate parties.

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