Sri Lanka may be a developing South Asian country but that is not apparent in its amazing golf courses. Golf in Sri Lanka is now attracting professional golf players around the world. Sri Lanka may not be well known for its golf and there may only be four major golf courses, but these four are enough to satisfy any traveling golf players or motivate anyone trying to learn the sport. They also provide perfect respite for executives or industry leaders on a business trip.
Sri Lanka is located in the Indian Ocean, off the southern coasts of India. Many refer to it as the “Island Jewel of the Indian Ocean”. It is known for its golden-sand beaches that were devastated by the 2004 tsunami but have bounced back, ancient artificial reservoirs in the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Pollonaruwa, picturesque waterfalls, verdant tea plantations, friendly people, exquisite culture and traditions, mouthwatering dishes, rich national parks and wildlife and a globally respected cricket team. Now that the civil war is over, Sri Lanka is seriously making progress into becoming an important tourist destination in this part of the world. They have what it takes to quickly rise to the top – spectacular sceneries, colorful culture and rich history.
The four golf courses in the island are Victoria Golf and Country Resort in Rajawella, Nuwara Eliya Golf Club in Nuwara Eliya, Royal Colombo Golf Club in Colombo, and Waters Edge Golf Club in Battaramulla.
The stunning Victoria Golf and Country Resort is encircled by water and flanked by mountains. It is a dream course for any golf player, hidden away in Sri Lanka’s central highlands. Temperature in this part of the country is much cooler and more pleasant than anywhere else. Victoria Golf and Country Resort is located near the holy city of Kandy, known as the spiritual center of Sri Lanka. Perhaps the over-all serenity within the resort is due to its proximity to the holy city, but the presence of majestic Mara Rain trees, flowering shrubs, the view of the mountains and an amazing landscape also add to it.
Other facilities within this 500-acre resort are swimming pools, tennis courts, driving range, a pro shop, PGA Golf academy, bar and restaurant, horse trails, massage centers, and nature trails. The most important attraction, of course, is the 500-yard 18-hole golf course designed by Donald Steel. It has been voted as “Best in Asia 2005” by Asian Golf Monthly and included in the top 100 Most Beautiful Courses in the World by Golfers Digest.
Nuwara Eliya Golf Club and Royal Colombo Golf Club, on the other hand, are time-tested golf courses that date back to the Colonial period. The old club houses have retained their original design and charm, as if transporting golfers to Sir Lanka’s rich past.
Finally, Waters Edge Golf Club is not less stunning at all. It is located within a posh residential area, a few minutes away from the capital city. It has a clubhouse, restaurant, ballroom, an 800-seater conference hall, swimming pool, gym, spa, beauty salon and more. It is considered a Class A golf course that continues to attract golfers from all over Sri Lanka and outside the country.
Golf in Sri Lanka is very laid back, which is a good thing for those who truly enjoy the sport. The only real challenge is the tropical climate, which may be too warm and humid for most Western guests, and could rain anytime. Sri Lanka experiences two monsoon seasons from October to January and from May to July. It best for golfers to always carry a bottle of water and an umbrella.