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Golf in Colombo

Colombo golf courses

Sri Lanka is developing as a golfing nation and while you may not find the vast array of golf courses you see in Thailand or Japan, Colombo is a tremendous place for a golf holiday.

As the capital city of Sri Lanka, you have many options of places to stay in Colombo and while the choice of Colombo golf courses is not huge, there is one special course which captures the imagination.

Royal Colombo Golf Club was established in 1880 and is the oldest golf club in Sri Lanka.  Not only is it home to the Sri Lanka Golf Union but it shares ties with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland.

The prefix ‘Royal’ was bestowed on the golf club by King George V in 1928 and membership of the club was only for British and European golfers.  However, that changed in 1936 and local players could also join Royal Colombo Golf Club.

The course itself plays to just over 6,500 yards from the back tees but there is a choice of three tees from each hole, with the shortest playing to 5,186 yards.  There are 38 bunkers in total around the parkland course and water comes into play on several holes including the 1st, 2nd, 7th and 8th holes.

Complete with a clubhouse, practice range, fitness centre and pro-shop, Royal Colombo Golf Club has everything you need for a great day of golf.  With a restaurant, bar and lovely veranda, Royal Colombo Golf Club is undoubtedly the pick of the Colombo golf courses.

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Royal Colombo Golf Club

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6560 yards | Parkland
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The Royal Colombo Golf Club in Sri Lanka, has been at the Forefront of the Sri Lankan golf scene since its inauguration in 1879, receiving the Royal Seal from King George V in 1928.

Measuring 6560-yards from the championship tees the course is not long by modern day standards.

As opening holes go, the 1st at The Royal Colombo Golf Club is tough. A group of trees protect the right edge of the narrow fairway, and the closer you can stay to these trees the better the angle to the green you will have. Too far left and you will require a swinging draw over the pond to find the green.

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