Sri Lanka's golfing hotspots

The first things that come to mind when you think of this beautiful country are probably the endless golden sandy beaches, luscious greenery, great tea, roaming elephants and ancient ruins.

But it’s also the perfect place for a round of golf, and well worth checking out if you fancy spending your next holiday working on your handicap.

Here are five of Sri Lanka’s golfing hotspots to try out:

Victoria Golf and Country Resort 

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Ranked among the ‘100 Most Beautiful Golf Courses in the World’ this is a must for golf lovers.

Spread across 500 acres of land on the edge of the Victoria Reservoir, and overlooked by the Knuckles Mountain Ranges, this Sri Lankan golf course boasts stunning scenery.

All 18 holes will test your skills but the 6th is particularly special and has become Victoria’s signature hole. The tee box is perched on a peak 100ft above the fairway and the views from here are incredible.

Nuwara Eliya 

Established in 1889, this is one of the oldest golf clubs in Sri Lanka and was founded by the British planters who opened up the land for tea in the Nuwara Eliya district.

Today, this golf course still reflects some of the customs and traditions of the country’s colonial past. It’s this mixture of old and new that attracts many people to it and makes it worth adding to your golfing bucket list.

The 18-hole course is made up of long, narrow fairways bordered by rows of eucalyptus trees and cypresses.

Water hazards ensure there are challenges but the course caters to all abilities, whether you’re a serious golfer or like to play for fun.

Royal Colombo 

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This is widely regarded as Sri Lanka’s finest golf club. It was first established in 1879 when the sport itself was introduced to the country and received its ‘Royal’ status in 1928.

The first hole is one of the toughest but it is particularly impressive due to the magnificent rain tree to the left of it.

It’s suitable for all abilities because, as well as the course, there’s a practice range and you can also book golf lessons to perfect your swing.

Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa 

The first resort golf course in Sri Lanka is set within a coconut palm plantation, alongside the Indian Ocean.

The stunning setting - complete with nature, wildlife and lakes - creates a beautiful backdrop for your game.

Across the 18 holes there are challenges for both casual players as well as the more seasoned golfer.

The course is split into three landscaped zones: The Coconut Plantation, The Dune Area and The Sapphire Mine.

Eagles’ Golf Links

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Located on the east coast of Sri Lanka, this scenic golf course is a challenge for golfers of all abilities. It is the country’s fourth golf course and the only one in the area.

The 171-acre links is owned and managed by Sri Lanka Air Force. It overlooks the Clappenberg Bay and Malay Cove, providing picturesque views of the bay and coves as you play your round of golf.

The club house faces the bay and is the perfect spot to enjoy a cold beverage after tackling the sand bunkers and water hazards.

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