We can highly recommend a Sri Lanka golf holiday to those who want to have an exotic golfing adventure with superb golf courses, stunning scenery and fantastic safaris – this country really has it all. Mark & Jacques enjoyed their own Sri Lanka golf holiday which you can read all about and are excited to share their experience and send golfers for their own spectacular Sri Lanka golf holiday. Read Mark & Jacques golf trip report of Sri Lanka. A Sri Lanka golf holiday can include playing the quirky Royal Colombo Golf Course in the capital city, the stunning Victoria Golf Course in the scenic hills near Kandy, the historic Nuwara Eliya Golf Course right up in the tea estate covered mountains and at the new beachside Shangri-La Golf Club in Hambantota in the south.
A golf holiday in Sri Lanka is an adventure on a paradise Indian Ocean island with a history dating back to the birth of time. It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt. Few places in the world can offer golfing holidays with such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location. With 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 800 miles of coastline – much of it pristine beach, 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, lush tea estates, botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls and a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years.
Golf in Sri Lanka dates back a lot earlier than most people would imagine, the first course was opened in 1880! The courses are spread around this fascinating country and as such we recommend that a golf trip to Sri Lanka tailor made to suit your individual requirements and we’d love to assist you with planning yours.
Please find a pdf detailing the regions of Sri Lanka here.
If you’d like to read about Mark and Jacques golfing tour of Sri Lanka click here.
Sri Lanka Golf Courses
Royal Colombo Golf Club
Royal Colombo opened in 1879 and is the second oldest ‘royal’ golf course in the world outside of the UK. It is a well-maintained 18-hole golf course that is course is generally flat and with large trees lining the fairways has old well established feel. At 6,560 yards, this par 71 course is not long but is pretty tricky. We played with two members, Priath Fernanado, the President of the Sri Lanka Golf Union and Rinal Pieris, both could not have made the round more enjoyable or informative as they shared their knowledge about the course and the history of golf in Sri Lanka. Enjoying their company plus the wonderful colonial clubhouse and the, at times quirky, course made for a super morning. It’s not often you wait for a train full of commuters to pass the tee box before you continue with your game!
Victoria Golf Course
One hour’s drive east of Kandy in the heart of Sri Lanka, surrounded by majestic mountains, glistening waters and tall tropical trees this beauty is rated by Golf Digest USA as one of the 100 most scenic golf courses in the world! As you drive in to Victoria Golf Club you pass a par-5 with the narrowest fairway imaginable but fortunately the rest of the course is much more forgiving and thoroughly enjoyable. This stunning course with its amazing views, huge trees and clever layout is in Marks top 10 courses he’s ever played. As a cricket fan he was delighted to have finally played it after hearing Ian Botham raving about it during a cricket commentary many years ago. It is understandable that he never fails to play here when cricket tours bring him to Sri Lanka. On one occasion, he wrote in the visitor’s book; “try to stop me playing at Victoria.” We fully understand why and know any future trip to Sri Lanka will involve at least one round at Victoria! When we played we had two great caddies, the most happy go lucky people you have ever met and we really enjoyed their knowledge of the course and their company. Whilst aesthetically pleasing is a challenging par 73 championship course. Designed in 1997 by British golf architects Donald Steel it is guaranteed to provide you with an unforgettable golf experience. Built and maintained to USGA standard, the course is 6,933 yards long and meanders through tree-lined fairways on a peninsula overlooking the Victoria reservoir and dam. The 6th hole is the most memorable with its tee set high above the fairway commanding spectacular views and is the toughest par 4 in Sri Lanka! The course has three of the holes over 500 yards long and believe us when we say it’s well worth the journey into the mountains to play this amazing course!
Nuwara Eliya Golf Club
Situated at 2,000 metres above sea level in ‘Little England’. Established in 1889 this old well established 6,100 yard, par 70 course has narrow fairways and heavy rough in between trees and bushes make it a challenge if you spray the ball around! When we visited we didn’t have particularly high expectations of Nuwara Eliya golf course but were delighted to arrive at a lovely old clubhouse and a well-maintained course. Being such an old course it was no surprise to find that the trees lining the fairways were all very mature. It’s definitely a quirky course which has been moulded to fit its location in the centre of the town, it has a few crossing fairways and one of the tee boxes is across a narrow laneway next to the course. One tee box is virtually in the high street so as you are teeing off, the local shoppers are watching from behind a fence just a few yards away! We came off the course very pleased with having played a well-designed, clever layout with some superb holes and all in a stunning region high in the more temperate mountains.
Shangri-La Golf & Country Club
The Shangri-La Golf and Country Club is Sri Lanka’s newest course which opened in 2016 and when we played it apart from a few holes where they are replacing the fairways, was excellent. This par 70 course is set in a vast coconut palm plantation that surrounds the luxurious resort and has a lot of water and long grass along many of the fairways making driving key to a successful round. The greens were particularly good and overall the course is only going to get better and better as it matures.