Sri Lanka is an extremely underrated golfing destination, being home to 6 world-class golf resorts among many others. Over the years, Sri Lanka has acquired a reputation among the golfing community as a year-round golf destination due to a diverse climate in regions of the island.
Golfing in Sri Lanka 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 in the island.
The Royal Colombo Golf Club and Nuwara Eliya Golf Club date back to the British colonial period, and the clubhouses retain much of their old-world charm. However, the crown jewel of Sri Lanka’s golfing community is the Victoria Golf and Country Resort, a stunningly beautiful course hidden away in Sri Lanka’s central highlands, designed by award-winning Donald Steel.
More recently, golf courses were established in Sri Lanka’s north-central and eastern regions, solidifying the country’s claim as an all-year golfing hub.
Despite the rich history and excellent standards of Sri Lanka’s golfing, the vibe and atmosphere are comparatively laid-back, and expenses are relatively low. Sri Lanka’s golfing community is quite exclusive and there is rarely a need to book ahead.
There are several options for transportation within the country including expressways, roads to rail, helicopter, and small planes depending on the time you have in hand. Sri Lanka’s prominent golf courses are all situated in the island’s cultural hubs proving ample opportunity to experience and explore quintessential Sri Lanka.