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Sri Lanka Royal Colombo Golf Club
The Royal Colombo Golf Club is the oldest Golf Club in Sri Lanka. Established in 1880, it is located in the capital city of Colombo at the The Ridgeway Links also known as the Anderson Golf Course. It is home to the Sri Lanka Golf Union, the governing body of Golf in Sri Lanka and maintains links with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland.

The Royal Colombo Golf Course is a sanctuary situated in the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka, surrounded by residential areas and business establishments. In contrast to its surroundings, it is an exquisite and tranquil environment to relax, unwind and tee off. The scenic landscape and a glimpse of the rare species of flora and fauna on the course all contribute to this pastoral environment set within its 96 acre former model farm.

Founded over 130 years ago and being the second oldest Royal Golf Club outside the United Kingdom, an extensive array of historic golf memorabilia is found available on display in the club house. It is a tight and challenging 5,776 metre course that rewards both strategic defensive golf and long hitting.

Holes: 18, Length: 6560 Yds, Par: 71

Fairways

The fairways are inviting but unless you’re accurate off the tee, huge trees and other obstacles will hinder your second shot. If the monstrous trees are not enough, the course also entertains 13 well placed water traps. From the very 1st hole, where a lake protects the green, water comes into play. These hazards are also home to a number of local giant monitor lizards so beware. Each hole on this course presents a different challenge, and the course is deceptively difficult. One of the more testing holes on this course is the par 3, 13th, that requires a daunting carry over water to a bunker protected green. While Royal Colombo does not match Victoria or Nuwara Eliya for scenery, the course does offer a unique golfing experience. Situated in the middle of Colombo, the course is a lush green oasis of tranquillity amidst a bustling city. The Kelani Valley railway runs along the 6th fairway, and the crowded trains that clatter through the course are yet another interesting feature.

Facilities

The clubhouse is a reminder of colonial times and a bygone era. The teak-paneled Governor’s Bar has a good selection of wines, and the cool veranda is a delightful place to enjoy a drink and discuss your round. There is also a wide ranging menu to choose from. There is a well-stocked pro shop with a selection of clubs and bags to hire. It is also worth noting the course is ‘soft spike’ only. These are available from the golf shop near the entrance to the club and the pro shop. As you would expect with a club as prestigious as this, there is the usual golf club dress code to be adhered to, both on the course and in the clubhouse.

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