The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
Golfing in Sri Lanka offers the golf enthusiast a fantastic Sri Lanka holiday. Test yourself on some of Asia’s toughest courses, experience the island’s ancient heritage and spectacular landscapes and at the end of your stay, relax on the golden beaches of the south. The holiday does not lock you into large group on a prearranged coach tour. You can explore the island at your own pace, in a car or minivan, with your personal driver-cum-guide. Note that we can tailor this itinerary according to your preferences and budget, so feel free to ask for modifications.
Upon arriving in Sri Lanka transfer to central Colombo. Relax and unwind after your long journey. Next morning, play a round of golf at the Royal Colombo Golf Club situated nearby. This prestigious course is a good introduction to golf in Sri Lanka. The Royal Colombo Golf Club, built in 1879, is a welcome escape from the hectic city centre. Located in Borella, a short distance from central Colombo, the course is a green oasis accompanied by a clubhouse of colonial charm. Listen to your attentive caddie to avoid the numerous water hazards. Despite being in the centre of Colombo, the course maintains its tranquillity, although the occasional commuter train running along the 6th fairway can prove hazardous to concentration.
Early this morning, transfer to the stunning hill-country setting of Victoria located north east of Kandy. To ease the near four-hour drive you may prefer to transfer by Air Taxi. Victoria Golf and Country Resort has a testing course which has regularly been voted as among the most beautiful in Asia. Stay three nights here, golfing and relaxing amidst the magnificent Kandyan hills. For those wishing to experience the ancient Kandyan heritage, trips into Kandy and the surrounding hills can be arranged to your exact specifications.
Early morning, catch the train from Kandy to Nanu-Oya, a railway station 10km from Nuwara Eliya. This journey is breathtaking as it takes you through the tea country along one of the worlds most spectacular railways. You will enjoy the comfort of First Class (the Observation Carriage). Your driver, with your clubs and luggage, will meet at the station and take you Nuwara Eliya where you will spend two nights. Nuwara Eliya was made into a summer retreat by the British in the early 1800s and much of its colonial character still remains. The town sprawls over the fertile valley flanked by Mount Pidurutalagala and Single Tree Mountain and is scattered with Victorian-style properties complete with gabled roofs, large open fireplaces, gardens with neatly-clipped lawns and colourful flower beds. Spend two days golfing at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club. The testing course here was built by a Scottish soldier of the Golan Highlanders in 1889 for the British serviceman and officials stationed here in 1889. Occasionally you may even feel you are playing golf in Scotland, but the course holds many features unique to Sri Lanka. To ensure a successful round you will need to stay clear of the trees that line the tight course, the crags and creeks that bisect the fairways and the remorseless gorse and bunkers that protect the greens. The colonial-style clubhouse and bar is an atmospheric place to enjoy a drink and meal after your round. Little has changed since the founding of the club and you can even enjoy a log fire on cooler evenings.
Spend much of the day winding through the glorious scenery of the Sri Lankan hill country. Break either for a long lunch or to expend your energy on a beautiful walking trail in the southern highlands – the choice is yours. Your ultimate destination is the south coast town of Hambantota and the prospect the following day of an 18-hole round of golf at the only golf resort in Sri Lanka – within the luxurious Shangri-La Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa complex.
This morning you will head west towards the historic city of Galle where you can spend three nights relaxing by the beach. If you still hanker for activity after all that golf, you could take a surfing lesson, go whale watching or take a boat and cycle ride in the rural countryside inland from the Galle coast.
Spend your final night in Galle’s 17th century Dutch Fort, a UNESCO-protected World Heritage site which is a melting pot of cultural influences. Several hours can be spent wandering through the narrow streets and along the ramparts and browsing through art galleries and boutique shops. A cultured and sociable end to what we’re sure will be a memorable tour.
Cinnamon Grand has a touch of grandeur and opulence which has long made it a favourite among Colombo five-stars. Central location, great restaurants and the added convenience of an adjoining shopping mall
Bougainvillea is a peaceful holiday retreat in tropical gardens within Victoria Golf & Country Resort. Accommodation is in well-appointed bedrooms set within the main house and separate cottages opening on to lush green gardens and mountain views.
St Andrew's Hotel is perched above Nuwara Eliya town centre adjoining the picturesque golf course. This stately Tudor-style colonial mansion has a stern exterior, but inside is a world of open fires and candlelit dinners.
Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa is the only golf resort in Sri Lanka and offers 300 bedrooms sprawled across 53 acres and a host of activities as well as a full 18 holes for the avid golfer. Overlooking the azure blue coast, this expansive hotel with a renowned brand name will appeal to active holidaymakers seeking upmarket quality.
KK Beach is a beachfront boutique hotel in Habaraduwa, 2.5 hours from Colombo offering stylish accommodation with a stunning view of the Indian Ocean.
Fort Bazaar is an 18-room luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Galle Fort. Inspired by Portuguese heritage and contemporary design, this is a must-visit place in the Fort.
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