Sri Lanka is increasingly becoming a popular golf destination. The courses include three of the best in south Asia and are set in spectacular natural surroundings. The Colombo and Nuwara Eliya courses are over one hundred years old. The accommodation on offer consists of comfortable bungalows and small luxury hotels.
In Kandy, on the banks of the Victoria Lake, lies the Victoria Golf Club, a championship golf course designed by the well-known Donald Steel. Impressive natural outcrops of rocks are a distinctive feature, as are the old trees that dot the course, and the coconut hill that forms a backdrop. The accommodation here is impressive and includes luxury hotels such as Clingendael. For those not so keen on golf but who have a partner that is, there is no need to fear because there are a handful of other activities to choose from such as walking, mountain biking, horse-riding and taking day trips to the city of Kandy, home to the famous Buddhist Temple of the Tooth.
For a contrast to the large and rolling Victoria course, golf enthusiasts will enjoy the challenge of the more contained and hilly Nuwara Eliya course, which lies in the middle of the former British hill station. The town is famous for its market gardening, strawberries and April horse and motor races. After a morning of golf, guests can take a walk through the tea plantations or in Horton Plains, which is now a World Heritage Site because of its wildlife diversity. It is also fun to have high tea on the lawns of one of the old British establishments such as the Hill Club or St Andrews Hotel.
Both the Kandy and the Nuwara Eliya courses can be reached by helicopter or seaplane, which makes the transfer time from Colombo international airport a lot less compared to traveling by road.
For those who fancy combining a city break with a golfing holiday in Sri Lanka, you can base yourself in Colombo, the up and coming capital. Guests can divide their time between golfing at the Royal Colombo Golf Club with its scenic fairways that span over 96 acres, with shopping in fine boutiques, eating in gourmet restaurants and staying in luxury boutique hotels.
Adding to these fine courses is the tremendous news that Sri Lanka’s fourth golf course has just been declared open, and is located near to the marble beach at China Bay in Trincomalee.