COVID-19 has reduced the Nakuru Golf Club Caddies to Beggars

  • The Nakuru Golf Club that has been an oasis in a rocky land to over 50 caddies for decades has now dried in the face of Coronavirus and has left Simon Kabogoro, 65-year-old knocking daily.
Simon Kabogoro, Nakuru Sports Club

Kabogoro is one of about 60 caddies at the 18-hole Nakuru Golf Club who earn their daily bread by guiding golfers every weekend and midweek on the course that sits on the slopes of the scenic Menengai Crater.

“For more than 40 years, I have earned my daily bread here and the closure of the club is a big blow to me. I have now been reduced to a beggar something that I was not used to,” said Kabogoro.

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However, with everything stands still, thanks to the pandemic COVID -19, they are now staring at a bleak future after their spring has dry up.  Apart from the caddies, at least 26 workers at the club have been sent home on unpaid leave as all tournaments in the club have been canceled.

John Muiruri, the club’s caddie master said that the closure of the club is a big blow to the caddies.

“A number of the caddies have worked at the course for more than 20 years and have never known any other job, said Muiruri

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According to Nakuru Golf Club chairman Stephen Kihumba, said that caddies can read a player and know how to communicate, they can also understand the pressure of a situation and know what to do to a golfer’s decision-making process, or how adrenaline can affect the flight of a ball.

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“My caddie is more than a mere porter and an assistant on the golf course. He is a guide and a friend. This relationship between a golfer and his caddie is one of the most unique in sports, and it can have a direct impact on a player’s success. There is a deep bond between golfers and their caddies and for me, any game of golf or training would not be complete without my favorite caddie,” Kihumba who is in charge of Junior Golf Foundation explained.

At the moment a move has been initiated to cushion the caddies against the harsh economic realities, members of Nakuru Golf Club have established a kitty where each member is to contributing 2,000 shillings per month to buy foodstuff.

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