Lilongwe’s Epic Cricket Club is putting itself back on the map with a desert-inspired course designed by Sir Nick Faldo.
The club, which became the latest to open in Malawi late last year, is the largest in southern Africa, and with the average length of its first 12 holes about 600 yards it is considered to be among the most challenging in the world.
Located on the outskirts of the southern African country’s largest city Lilongwe, the club is the brainchild of its chairman, David Malakia, who has been training players at the indoor facility in Hartsdale, near Durban, in preparation for the grand opening of the club next week.
Malakia had the idea of a Greg Norman-designed course when he served on a US golf committee before his move back to Africa from the US 10 years ago.
He hopes the course, which costs between $US3000 and $US3500 to play during the week, will attract international players, including Australians.
The club is also being developed to include an executive course, hotel, health club and wedding venue, which will include a white water rafting adventure, a visit to Radio Africa and other excursions.