With the picturesque landscapes that this beautiful island has to offer, playing golf in Sri Lanka would be a relaxing way to spend your time in the country. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, Sri Lanka has a number of golf courses to master – both challenging and countrified ones. Many international golf professionals have played at these grounds during international tournaments hosted in Sri Lanka; particularly the Sri Lankan Airlines Golf Classic which is hosted in Kandy ever year.
In this golf tour itinerary, we will be covering precisely four of the most popular and scenic golf courses in Sri Lanka.
Royal Colombo Golf Club
Golf was introduced to Sri Lanka in 1879, with the establishment of the Royal Colombo Golf Club. Following India’s Royal Calcutta Golf Club, the Royal Colombo Golf Club is the second oldest golf club outside of Britain and has gained the ‘Royal’ status in 1928 as a result of its long history.
Located in the heart of Colombo, the club also has a gym and a relaxing lounge, welcoming visitors to enjoy not just golf in a serene setting but also some peaceful company and a comfortable workout.
Focusing on golf, the course has 18 holes, 6,560 Yards Black Tees, 6,303 Yards White Tees and 5,186 Yards Ladies’ Tees. Apart from these, the club also has separate practice sections and an active ladies’ division which has participated and won several tournaments.
Victoria Golf and Country Resort
Stretching across 517 acres of greenery, this is another 18 hole golfing delight which is also one of the most popular golf courses across the world. The Victoria Golf Course is a challenging terrain even for the experienced players. The club recommends players to hire one ball spotter and one caddie for a better golfing experience here.
The Victoria Golf and Country Resort is located in the scenic town of Digana, Kandy. Visitors to this resort can indulge in several other recreational activities as well.
The academy wing of this resort arranges classes for beginners to learn the sport and also hosts many tournaments for seasoned players to participate in.
Nuwara Eliya Golf Club
If we are ranking the golf courses in Sri Lanka based on beauty, this one would easily be number one. Nuwara Eliya has always been classified as one of the most scenic locations in Sri Lanka and a golf course in this region is undoubtedly expected to be breathtakingly beautiful. Due to its beauty and the high demands of playing standards, the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is a popular tourist attraction.
At an altitude of 6,000 feet, golf play on this 100 acre course is affected because the ball travels much faster and at an estimated 6% of accuracy. Visitors are always welcome to enjoy golf as well as drinks and food at the bar and restaurant. The club also has a separate ladies’ section.
Shangri La’s Hambantota Golf Resort and Spa
The latest addition to golf courses in Sri Lanka is the Golf and Country Club at the Shangri La Hotel in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. This one is set amidst spectacular views of coconut palm plantations, nature and wildlife and the gorgeous Indian Ocean along the southern coast of the island. A premier 18 hole golf course offering Championship Tees, Gentlemen Tees and Ladies’ Tees provides an incredible golfing experience to players.
After a game of golf, players and companions can relax and entertain themselves at the bar and indulge in recreational activities such as billiards and watching golf games on big screen.
An exceptional feature here is that you get to stay at the world renowned Shangri La chain of hotels that offers 5 star hospitality with plenty of facilities and delicious food indulgence.
4 nights, 5 days
Targeting an evening at each of the four golf courses discussed above, the duration of this tour would total to 4 nights, 5 days. Apart from visiting golf clubs, the tour will also include visits to popular tourist attractions that come along the way from Colombo to Kandy to Nuwara Eliya and Hambantota. Depending on your preferences, the duration of this tour can be extended if you wish to spend more time playing golf or sightseeing in Sri Lanka.
To add to the uniqueness of your holiday, we have included a helicopter ride for you at the Victoria Golf Course in Digana. This ride will give you a spectacular aerial view of the amazing hill country of Sri Lanka and will also transfer you to Nuwara Eliya, which will be your next destination for a game of golf.
We can provide you with a quotation for the golf tour itinerary if you could simply drop us an email with your dates of travel, number of passengers and any other special requirements that you have.
Golf tours in Sri Lanka are recommended for those who are interested in the sport. Whether you are a beginner or a pro is regardless; as long as you have a desire to play golf, you are eligible!
If you are travelling as a family and are parents who love playing golf, we can customize the tour itinerary for you with a bit of golf and a bit of family friendly holiday destinations in Sri Lanka.