Party galore as Ruiru Sports marks 100 years
The luscious Ruiru
Sports Club, one of the most heavily patronized clubs in the country, marks 100
years of existence this weekend with a number of activities paving the way for
the much-awaited celebrations on Saturday evening.
To usher in the
celebrations, the club will host the centenary clubnite Thursday (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 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.”
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.
As part of the
centenary celebrations, the club hosted an expo golf day, swimming competition,
bowling, juniors’ chess competition, centenary junior tournament and a charity
golf tournament that culminated in tree planting exercise even as Ruiru Sports
Club contributes to environmental conservation efforts.
Currently, the facility boasts of 2433 members and has become a home of
various corporate golf events in the recent past. They include the 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 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
The event has been
powered by East Africa Breweries Limited (EABL), BF SUMA, Maridady, Prife
International and Fresha Dairy Brands.
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