Senator Who Owns Multi-Million Golf Course

  • Before joining politics in 2017, the senator was a man unknown to many. However, his efforts in the past left him at the class of the haves, owning the multi-million Thika Greens Golf Resort.

    The classy golf resort rests on the 800-acre piece of land that is also occupied by the high-end Thika Greens Estate in Kabati, Murang’a County. 

    After the construction of the estate, Kirinyaga Senator Charles Kibiru who is also the chief executive officer of the conglomerate commissioned the Golf Resort in 2014.

    A past photo of Kirinyaga senator Charles Kibiru. The senator is also the CEO at Thika Greens Limited.

    In a past interview with Africa Business Insights, Kibiru indicated how he always yearned to transform a piece of farmland into a world-class real estate development site, with the dream of a golf course being part of the estate.

    After several unsuccessful attempts of forming a real estate company with 20 different partners, the senator finally managed to purchase a coffee estate of 1,135 acres of land from Othaya Coffee Cooperative Society and started the process of its development in 2006.

    “My vision was to create the first well-planned satellite town with proper infrastructure in place and in the end, create a city out of the city (Nairobi). 

    “The construction of the Nairobi-Thika Superhighway was the confirmation that indeed this was the investment opportunity of a lifetime,” remarked Kibiru.

    A photo of part of the Thika Greens Golf Resort in Kabati, Murang'a county

    The golf course is known to host major golf tournaments, rivalling earlier existing courses in the country.

    On the land, also sits the Thika Greens Estate that is among one of the most expensive estates in the country.

    The senator also indicated plans to set up similar golf courses in Nakuru, Mombasa, Machakos and Kisumu counties.

    A past photo of golfers during a golf tournament at the Thika Greens Golf Resort

    Senator Kibiru is also the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Tourism, Trade, and Industrialisation and a member of the Sessional Committee on County Public Accounts and Investments.

    The businessman ascended to power in 2017 after a surprise win as an independent candidate trouncing the former Senator Daniel Karaba who was vying on a Jubilee Party ticket.

    Kibiru studied his O-levels at Mwea Boys’ High School and later proceeded to Kamagambo Boys’ High School for his A-levels.

    After High school, Kibiru joined the University of Nairobi for a Bachelor of Arts Degree and later joined for an MBA – Strategic Management & Marketing in 1998.

    In 2012, Kibiru went back to the University of Nairobi for MA – Project Planning & Management course and later did his Ph.D. in Business Administration in2013.

    Besides the scenic 18 Hole Championship Golf Course, the hotel also has accommodation services in the villas at the facility.

    More photos of Thika Greens Golf Resort.

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