ABOUT KERICHO GOLF CLUB
The admission of Africans into the leisurely sport was only confined toa few selected senior civil servants in the colonial government and senior managers of several tea companies and multinationals in Kericho town and its environs.
As a result, they were allowed to join the club and their membership fees paid by their employers as corporate members.
Its first African chairman was the 85year old Elijah Chebelyon who retired from playing golf two years ago.
NEW SPORT PAVILLION
A few European settlers met at Kericho Sports Arm Hotel in the mid-1920s to discuss ways of setting up a golf course in the then Kericho District (now Kericho County) that could assist them to get involved in the game at their leisure time. It was a sweet decision by these individuals who eventually identified a small but steeply and hilly area where they built a small golf course at the present location of Kericho Police Station.
And with the actualization of the plan, a number of European golfers enrolled into the club and the number increased rapidly.
The rapid increase came with a demand to move to a more spacious location, forcing them to relocate to a horse racing course that at the time hosted large tracts of land several kilometres away from the original venue.
They settled at the present 9-Hole Course Kericho Golf Club as the new venue.
The first chairman of the club was A.C. Aswan who was a District Commissioner in the then Nyanza Province, which also covered the then Kericho District.
Between 1927-1963, all golfers at the club were Europeans as it was an exclusive sport for the whites in the town and Kenya in general.
Africans were only allowed to play golf after Kenya attained independence in 1963.
CLUB CHAIRMAN 1974-75.ELIJAH CHEBELYON
Chebelyon was elected for two terms of one year per term in 1974 and 1975 at a time he was a manager at Brooke Bond Kenya Limited before he was transferred to Nairobi.
“This is my second home where I can relax from the hustles and bustles of life,” Chebelyon who has already retired from public service told reporters in an interview.
His election for the top seat opened doors for more Africans to vie for the coveted position.
After the transfer of Chebelyon to Nairobi by his employers at the end of his term, he was succeeded by Peter Mwangi, who was then the District Commissioner of Kericho