The luscious Ruiru Sports Club, one of the most heavily patronized clubs in the country, marks 100 years of existence this weekend with several activities paving the way for the much-awaited celebrations on Saturday evening.
To usher in the celebrations, the club will host the centenary clubnite today before Friday’s greensomes tournament and the centenary golf day at the 18-hole course on Saturday will culminate in a gala dinner where 1000 guests are expected to grace the occasion.
Speaking ahead of the anticipated event, an ecstatic club chairman Dominic Chege said: “It has been a century of learning, progress and growth filled with immense contributions from individuals who have been committed to the excellence of this great club. We have held a lot of activities before the event that have been part of the 100-year milestone. I am calling upon golfers from Nairobi and its environs who have not signed up for the weekend’s tourney to consider registering because it will be a fun-filled event.”
The grand finale, a blue and white-themed gala dinner, will feature the club’s members, sponsors, partners, and distinguished guests. This elegant soirée brings the curtain down on a three-month-long series of activities commemorating the club’s century of existence since its inception in 1923.
As part of the centenary revelry, the club has played host to an eclectic array of events, from an expo golf day to a swimming competition, bowling, juniors’ chess competition, and a centenary junior tournament. Adding a touch of benevolence, a charity golf tournament culminated in a tree-planting exercise, underscoring Ruiru Sports Club’s commitment to environmental conservation.
Currently boasting 2433 members, this Thika-Highway-based institution has evolved into a hub for prestigious corporate golf events, featuring tournaments such as the Legendary Golf Tournament, Old Mutual Tournament, and KCB-sponsored events, among others.
The par 72 golf course, steeped in tradition and history, witnessed a colourful cast of players who made history, particularly during the colonial era. Originating as a tennis club miles north of its current location, a pivotal decision relocated it to a more expansive ground, setting the stage for its storied journey.
In 2007, the club marked a milestone with its first African Chairman, Steve Mwagiru, succeeded by Prof. Muigai Gachanja. After three impactful terms, the mantle passed to William Ikinus, heralding a new era with a surge of African chairmen and members.
Currently, the Thika-Highway-based facility boasts of 2433 members and has become a home of various corporate golf events in the recent past- Legendary golf tournament, Old Mutual tournament, KCB sponsored tournament among others.
The par 72 golf course also has a rich history steeped in tradition with some colourful cast of players who dominated the club’s earlier years, especially during the colonial era. The club started as a tennis club a couple of miles to the north of the present site before a decision was made to move it to a more spacious ground.
In 2007, the Club had its first African Chairman Steve Mwagiru who was succeeded by Prof. Muigai Gachanja. The latter served for three terms before handing over to William Ikinus. This opened the club up to a flood of new African chairmen and members.
The event has been powered by East Africa Breweries Limited (EABL), BF SUMA, Maridady, Prife International and Fresha Dairy Brands.