If you simply cannot stay away from golfing, Sri Lanka can offer you a refreshing change of green.

With a long history dating back well over a century, golfing is a tradition that has survived time. The three beautiful clubs offer very varied courses where strict club rules and customs are still maintained to a tee. The oldest is the Royal Colombo Golf Club which is a haven of tranquillity in the heart of the city. Only the second course to receive a Royal Charter it is well established with large trees lining the fairways and a commuter train running along the 6th. You can step right back to old England at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club - built by a Scottish planter in 1889, the colonial traditions are still very much alive. Set high in the mountains at 6000 metres above sea level this charming course offers a different kind of terrain. The newest is Victoria Golf & Country Resort off the hill capital of Kandy. Surrounded by the picturesque Victoria Reservoir and flanked by green mountains it is ranked amongst the top 100 Most Beautiful Courses in the World, and won ‘Best Course in Asia’ in 2005. While the sport and the Clubs are exclusive, they welcome day members – and equipment is readily available for hire. It is best to book your ‘tee time’ as the greens can get rather busy on weekends.


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