Ruiru Sports Club to mark 100 years of existence

Ruiru Sports Club. [Courtesy]

The panoramic Ruiru Sports Club is set to mark 100 years of existence with pomp and colour on Saturday.

The heavily patronized club has lined up a number of exciting activities ahead of the grand celebrations among them a Centenary Clubnite on Thursday.

This will be followed by the Greensomes Golf Tournament on Friday. The 18-hole course will hold the Centenary Golf Day Tournament on Saturday which will culminate in a gala dinner where 1000 invited 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 prior to the event that have been part of the 100 years 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.”

Club members, sponsors, partners, and other invited guests will headline the blue and white-themed gala dinner event that will mark the end of the three-month long series of activities aimed at celebrating the club’s century achievement since its inception in 1923.

Sponsors who have come on board to support the weekend celebrations include the East Africa Breweries Limited, BF SUMA, Maridady, Prife International and Fresha Dairy Brands.

As part of its centenary celebrations, the club has so far hosted an expo golf day, swimming competition, bowling, junior chess competition, centenary junior golf tournament and a charity golf tournament that culminated in tree planting exercise as part of its sustainable actions on climate change.

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 colorful 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 in Steve Mwagiru who was succeeded by Professor 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.

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