Sri Lanka is yet to occupy its rightful place in the world of Golf. It is home to three of the finest 18 hole championship Golf courses in Asia. The three golf courses of international standing are located in Colombo, Kandy, and Nuwara Eliya, The Royal Colombo Golf Club, The Victoria Golf, and the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club respectively.

The scenery in and around the golf courses in Kandy and Nuwara Eliya, both in the Central Highlands, are of great beauty and variety. The golf courses run through the untouched jungle and bush, the flying golf ball always seen in the background rich green canopy.

Since Sri Lanka hasn’t been known from the perspective of a major golf playing destination, the fairways in these Golf courses most often remain calm. From Colombo, these two Golf courses can be reached by car as well as by helicopters and sea planes.



Golfing in Sri Lanka: Etiquette

Royal Colombo Golf Club in Colombo is the most formal golf club in Sri Lanka. All three golf clubs in Sri Lanka have a somewhat informal atmosphere easing the players and guests into a relaxed mode. A local caddy would be handy not only to haul around the golf bag but also to handle bargaining with ball spotters and pond boys.




Golfing in Sri Lanka: Popular Clubs

Nuwara Eliya Golf Club

The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is ideally located at the foot of Mount Pedro which is known as Mount Piduruthalagala among the locals, surrounded by lush green mountains and some of the country’s finest tea estates. The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is found in what locals call ‘Little England’. Nuwara Eliya is located approximately 180km away from Colombo while the nearest train station is Nanu Oya which is about 5km away and set amidst the tea plantations of the central highlands. Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is a charming course with spectacular views that was built by a Scottish soldier in 1889.



Victoria Golf and Country Resort

Victoria Golf and Country Resort is a 517-acre property set in the lush hills of the Knuckles Range on the shores of the Victoria Reservoir in Kandy. Kandy is the cultural capital of Sri Lanka located at a distance of 115km into the interior of the island from the capital of Colombo.

Victoria Golf Course is a part of a residential complex that also has an equestrian club, tennis court, and a swimming pool set in the backdrop of rings of hills. Spreading over peaks and slopes with the vast Victoria Reservoir breathing a soothing breeze, Victoria Golf Course is as fine as any in the world.

It was awarded as the finest and the most immaculately maintained golf course in the Indian subcontinent for several years and voted ‘Best in Asia 2005’ by Asian Golf Monthly. The 6877m (par 73) golf course has made full use of the terrain: the undulating hillside, and majestic forest of Jak Golfers Digest ranked it in the top 100 Most Beautiful Courses in the World.




Royal Colombo Golf Club

The Royal Colombo Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world and received its Royal Charter from the British Crown in 1928.

Set within a 96 acre former model farm that is located in a picturesque suburb area of Colombo 8, the Golf Club gives away the feeling of a sanctuary in the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. The Royal Colombo Golf Club can be reached within 20 minutes by car. Kelani Valley Railway line runs through where the sixth hole of the golf course is located.

Through its many water hazards and bunkers, this 5770 m (par 71) golf course offers challenges that test even seasoned players.


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