Victoria Golf & Country Resort is set in Sri Lanka’s central mountains right on the shores of the Victoria Reservoir. It blends into a splendid landscape of rolling terrain and undulating hillsides with a beautiful backdrop of the Victoria Reservoir. Natural outcrops of rocks punctuate vistas of palms and stately trees. The impressive natural outcrops of rocks are a distinctive feature and indeed a hazard on the course. It is a challenging and unforgiving course featuring narrow fairways with lots of thick rough and trees. When you’re in the rough, recovery shots are tough. You must drive the fairways in order to hit the greens in regulation. It is the second newest of the four golf courses in Sri Lanka. Completed in 1999, it was the first to be built in 100 years. The course is set 550 meters (1,800 ft.) above sea level, so the weather is little cooler than Colombo.
The long par 4 473-yard 6th is a slight dogleg to the left, which is a challenging as well as exhilarating signature hole on this course. The tee shot is monstrously downhill. The landing area off the tee is limited as trees on both sides hang over the narrow fairway, requiring both accuracy and distance. A creek crosses the fairway 300 – 330 yards from the tee. It is downhill to the creek and slightly uphill beyond it. The second shot is demanding as well. One needs to aim at the green around 200 yards away while hitting from a downhill lie. The downhill par 4 393-yard 14th is a dogleg to the left. From the tee, combined views of the green, the Victoria Reservoir & Mountains behind the green create a very beautiful picture. To read more about Victoria Golf & Country Resort, click here to visit my website.
Date: January 15, 2015