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Sri Lanka – more than Bentota!
This pearl of the Indian ocean has just been named No 1 in Travel + Leisure’ World’s Best Islands. Yet another accolade this year.
No matter how many images one looks at or video clips one browses through, the actual experience can never be matched. A small island perhaps, but the enormity of its diverse, complex, exotic cultures, hydraulic civilization, ancient temples, bustling towns, delectable cuisine – home to the internationally famous Sri Lankan crab, its climate – its higher elevation chill and sun kissed beaches, journeying along meandering roads and dusty gravel tracks within its national parks – the experience is always ‘new’ and it makes this island a `giant’.
We invite you on a journey of discovery!
How many of you know that Sri Lanka has a long history in the sport of golf? First introduced at the Royal Colombo Golf Club, the island is home to 4 of the finest 18-hole golf courses, each of them located at different elevations against a backdrop of stunning landscapes. The association with golf dates back over a century. The Sri Lanka Amateur Golf Championship instituted in the year 1891 follows the British Amateur, as one of the oldest national championships yet.
The four picturesque golf courses are located in Colombo, Digana, Nuwara Eliya and Hambantota. Undoubtedly the favorite is the tranquil setting of the Victoria Golf and Country Resort, flanked by mountains and valleys and designed by the award-winning Donald Steele & Co.
A number of options for travelling from the International airport to most of the country are available – expressways, roads to rail, helicopter and small planes depending on the time you have in hand.
Sri Lanka is blessed with ideal characteristics to make it a year-round destination. We invite all you golf lovers to come visit, enjoy great golf combined with an unforgettable experience of this islands culture, diversity and most importantly its warm and friendly hospitality!
Below is a list of some of the best golf courses in Sri Lanka.
The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest golf clubs in Asia. It is an institution, rich in tradition, history and carries an ambience unparalleled in this country.
Founded, primarily for their rest and recreation, by the British planters who opened up the land for tea in the Nuwara Eliya district, to this day it caters to some of the customs and traditions of the country’s colonial past.
Shangri-La’s Golf & Country Club in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, will unveil the island’s first resort golf course on 1st October 2016, when it opens the remaining nine holes of its ecological 18-hole course. Designed by Rodney Wright on a former sapphire mine, the course will be the first of its kind in Sri Lanka, set within the hotel grounds of Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa, which opened to guests on 1st June 2016.
Spread across a vast coconut palm plantation, it offers spectacular views and distinctive challenges for both beginners and seasoned players.
The award winning Donald Steel designed masterpiece sprawled amongst the hills and bordering the Victoria reservoir offers the most picturesque scenery and breath taking views of nature. The 73 Par, 6933-yard championship 18-hole golf course is maintained to international U.S.