Located close to Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka, the town of Nuwara Eliya sits at an altitude of 6,000 feet above sea level, where the air is cool and fresh, faintly scented with cypress, wild mint and eucalyptus.
Back in 1899, amongst the established tea plantations on the narrow mountain passes, a golf course was laid out on an undulating tract of land, fulfilling the golfing needs of British servicemen and colonial tea planters alike.
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. It plays to a par of 71, with very tight, tree-lined fairways routed across a site extending to just over a hundred acres.
Stroke index 1 on the scorecard is the 539-yard 6th, a left doglegged par five which plays to the largest green on the course. A small stream slashes diagonally across the fairway in front of the putting surface, giving golfers cause for a cautious approach.The 439-yard 14th is rated the toughest on the back nine. Starting out from an elevated tee position, the hole plunges to the left before rising again to a raised green that’s often only partially visible when playing an approach from the gathering left side of the fairway.
Besides it's age and history, this walking course only is more like a mountain trek than a golf game. A test for your cardio than your golf skills. The climbing and walking made me quit after 14 holes.
The par 4 388-yard 12th is a straight hole with a downhill tee shot and an uphill approach. The tee shot is intimidating as trees on both sides guard the tight fairway well. But in fact, the fairway opens up when you hit 230 yards or longer off the tee and the landing area is generous. The fairway slopes steeply to the right, and half of the fairway is shared with the 14th hole. The second shot is an uphill hit toward a mountain. The par 3 193-yard 13th over a ravine is challenging. The apron in front of the green falls off sharply and an approach shot from there is difficult. Bunkers and sticky rough protects the green on both sides. You need to hit the green in regulation on this challenging hole. The par 4 439-yard 14th consists of slight dogleg to the left with the downhill tee shot. You need to hit onto a narrow fairway surrounded by a forest, so a precise shot is needed. The fairway is shared with the 12th and slopes steeply to the left which is the opposite slopes on the 12th, you must hit onto the right half of the tight fairway. When you hit the tee shot to the left, you can’t aim at the green on your approach because the trees in front will block a clear view & a route to the green. To read more about Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, click here to visit my website.