Kenya is the best golfing destination in Africa.

The East Africa nation, host of the prestigious Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship, a European Tour, beat South Africa, Egypt and Morocco for the award held during the 7th Annual World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

At the same time, Karen Country Club, venue of the Magical Kenya Open, was also celebrated as Kenya’s best golf course, while the Great Rift Valley Country Lodge and Golf Resort won the award for Kenya’s best golf resort

The World Golf Awards which was founded in 2014 recognizes and rewards excellence in golf tourism, courses and golf destinations.

The Kenya Tourism Board CEO Betty Radier believes that the award is proof of the strides that Kenya has made in the development of golf over the years.

“It is encouraging that Kenya has been able to develop golfing and now the entire world knows us as the best destination in Africa. We have indeed made incredible strides and we can only get better. We aim to be the best in the world now that we have conquered Africa,” she said.

The Kenya Tourism Board has previously sponsored golf events and is the activating agency of the Magical Kenya Open Golf Championships which is part of the elite European Tour.

This key event is held annually and preceded by the local Safari Golf Tour which allows professional players and amateurs an opportunity to prepare for their participation at the Magical Kenya Open.

The Magical Kenya Open has attracted top international golfers from Europe and other parts of the world.

Kenya is also home to the only PGA course in the region, Vipingo Ridge, the traditional  host of the Magical Kenya Ladies Open for the last two years.

Other top winners in the awards include Australia which scooped the World’s Best Golf Destination award with the World’s Best Golf Course going to Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Club. South Africa’s Pinnacle Point Golf Course scooped Africa’s Best Golf Course.