Sri Lanka

The name Sri Lanka comes from the two Sankrit words for “venerable island” and this country of 20 million people lies to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal, separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Strait. Sri Lanka, or Ceylon as it was formerly known, gained independence from Britain in 1948 but the nation has enjoyed little stability in recent times as a civil war raged between the government and Tamil Tigers militants from 1983 to 2009.

Cricket is by far the most popular sport in the country but golf does find a place in the affections of both locals and visitors and there are three golf courses to play. Sri Lankans can tee it up at a pair of old classics at Royal Colombo and Nuwara Eliya or at the more modern, Donald Steel-designed, Victoria.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Sri Lanka

Victoria Golf & Country Resort

1st Sri Lanka Ranking

Victoria Golf and Country Resort took shape at the end of the 1990s and it’s situated around 45 minutes driving time from the royal and ancient city of Kandy...

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Nuwara Eliya

2nd Sri Lanka Ranking

Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is nestled into a valley, between the town and the surrounding forested hills and the golf course measures a modest 6,000 yards in length.

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Royal Colombo

3rd Sri Lanka Ranking

Royal Colombo Golf Club was founded in 1879, achieving its royal title from King George V in 1928.

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