Course Review and Comments
I am a member at TPDF Lugalo Golf Club, but thought that since there are currently no reviews for it, I would write something to help others that might be interested in playing there. My background is that I grew up in the UK, and have played lots of good courses there.
Lugalo is a developing course, and it still has a way to go before the condition matches what you might expect from places where golf is more widely played. However, what is great about this course is that the people that run it are doing an excellent job in making improvements. When I first came to Tanzania about nine years ago, there were only nine holes. Several years ago, this was increased to the full 18, and the second nine is particularly interesting. Although the course is generally quite flat, there are some significant undulations on the back nine, and there are small water features on about half of the holes. The fairways are currently not irrigated, so can dry out quite a bit during the dry season, but the greens are normally kept well watered; their condition continues to improve. Most holes have trees/wooded areas to negotiate, which can be challenging, but overall the course is relatively short. Although there are parts of the course where there is thick 'bush' on one side of a hole (with the potential for lost balls!), on most holes the rough is reasonable, and there are very few dangerous carries off tees, so you should get to the end of the round without losing too many balls. There are three par threes and three fives, making for a par of 72. It's usual to take a caddie for the round. The usual fee is Tsh 5,000 per nine holes, making 10,000 for the full 18.
The course is one of the few green areas in the city of Dar es Salaam, and is almost worth a visit just for that! There is a super view from the first floor large balcony of the clubhouse out over the course.
18 holes is currently excellent value, at Tsh 20,000 (roughly 10 US dollars), and in my experience the club is extremely friendly. There is a small practice area, although the practise green is currently under construction. The clubhouse has a fully stocked bar, and local food can also be ordered (I think, although I have never tried it).
All in all, this is an excellent place to play if you are in Dar es Salaam, and I am sure that you would be very welcome if you came along. During the weekdays the course is almost empty, but even at the weekends it is almost always possible to get a game easily enough.
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