Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, an excellent way to while away your time on the island is by playing golf. Sri Lanka has a number of picturesque and challenging courses. Established in 1879, the venerable Royal Colombo Golf Club is thought to be the second oldest golf club outside Britain.
Nuwara Eliya Golf course nestles amongst aged conifers and is set in one of the most scenic towns of the country and is hugely popular with visitors due to its beauty as well as its demanding playing standards. It also sits beside a colonial era built hotel in the style of an Elizabethan era manor house constructed in 1828. All very picturesque and quaint.
Victoria Golf & Country Resort offers golfing delight and is one of the most popular courses in the world. Stretching across a spacious area of 517 acres, the Victoria Golf course is a challenge to even the most gifted player.
Eagle Links Golf course is based in China Bay, Trincomalee. It offers an arduous 18 hole course, seven kilometer round of golf for a par of 72. The links is an all year round facility, other than the once a year North East Monsoon which begins in November and ends in February.
The course has picturesque fairways and greens. It overlooks Clappenberg Bay and Malay Cove and a 15 minute drive from the reputed and beautiful, pristine Marble Beach.
The Hambantota golf course offers a beautifully manicured 18 hole par 70 course, designed within a large coconut plantation with its own character with an abundance of water features. The course overlooks the Indian ocean, whilst its Pro Shop and country club is well stocked with golfing essentials and opened for the astute golfer. The venue offers sublime culinary delights and resort facilities. Various local and regional tournaments are held at this course.
Sri Lanka is also known to host several international tournaments, including the Sri Lankan Airlines Golf Classic.