Special Golf Tour No 300 F
Sri Lanka is relatively unknown in the field of Golf, but surprisingly the country has three of the finest 18 hole courses in Asia. In fact the association with golf is more than a century and the Sri Lanka Amateur Golf Championship, which was instituted in the year 1891 follows the British Amateur as the oldest national championship in the world. The three courses are situated in Colombo, Digana and Nuwara Eliya, Colombo at sea level, Digana at 600 m and Nuwara Eliya at an elevation of 2'070 m have distinctly different terrain and climate conditions. This contributes to the enjoyment and challenge as you could be playing golf in three different countries.
Although the golf tour is planned primarily for golfing, a city tour of Colombo and a visit to Kandy and its sights is included in the programme. Kandy in particular is one of Sri Lanka's many highlights and should not be missed.
The Royal Colombo Golf Club: This course is 5'770 m long (par 71). A flat course with broad fairways which looks simple to beginners but there are many water hazards and well guarded bunkers which quickly change the opinion. The Royal Colombo Golf Club is easily accessible, in 20 minutes drive from all first-class hotels in the city. http://www.rcgcsl.com/
Victoria Golf Club, Digana: This course is 6'190 m long (par 73) a championship golf course designed by Donald Steel and inaugurated early in 1999. The fairways are rather narrow in a hilly country side. Stately trees and avenues of coconuts lend the course an immediate air maturity. Impressive natural outcrops of rocks are a distinctive feature and indeed a hazard of the course. The Victoria Golf Club is situated 25 km east of Kandy and 150 km from Colombo
The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club: This course which is reputed to be one of Asia's finest is 5'520 m (par 71). The fairways are long and narrow and bordered by fir trees and thick bushes. It demands skilful "position play" and the hilly terrain makes it essential that players can cope with up-hill and down-hill lies. The Golf Club is 10 minutes walk from the Grand Hotel and 190 km from Colombo.
Golf is played on all courses throughout the year.
Day 1 Colombo
Stay in Colombo at the Cinnamon Grand. Afternoon city tour. Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka with a population of 1,1 million. The Fort, in the very centre of the city, is where most of the colonial remnants mainly from the British era are to be found. Nearby Pettah is Colombo's busiest and most traditional bazaar, mosaic of human activities and architectural memories. Cinnamon Gardens is the most prestigious residential area. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 2 Colombo
Transfer to The Royal Colombo Golf Club for a morning and/or afternoon session of golf. - You can have your lunch at the golf club. After the game transfer back to your hotel
Day 3 Colombo - Kandy
After an early breakfast you leave Colombo and the coast and drive along a busy highway into the interior of the island, past paddy fields, palm-groves and coconut plantations. In Pinnewela you visit the elephant orphanage, where about seventy elephants are well looked after, mostly young animals that have been found through-out the country sick and abandoned by their herd and brought to Pinnewela. If you are lucky, you can watch the feeding or the daily bath in the river of the jumbos.
After this visit the road begins to ascend gradually and you will enjoys a beautiful panoramic view of the central highland with its hills and mountains. At noon you reach, the old royal city of Kandy, situated at 500 m, beautifully nestled between green hills. At its very centre lies a small artificial lake and the palace of the last Singhalese king which has become a temple and the holiest shrine in Sri Lanka, where the tooth relic of Lord Buddha is highly venerated. You will pay a visit to this temple in the later afternoon. Check-in at the Hotel Earl's Regency.
After lunch you will visit the world famous Botanical Garden Peradeniya. The park dates back to 1371 under the reign of king Vikrama Bahu III when he held court here. The English put the cornerstone of the present garden in 1821. During the Second World War the garden served as the headquarters of Earl Mountbatten, the supreme commander of the allied forces in Southeast Asia who became later the last Viceroy of India. You will find in the garden a very large variety of orchids, spice trees, palms, bushes, as well as tropical plants and flowers of all type.
In the evening you will pay a visit to the temple of the holy tooth. After the temple visit you have the opportunity to attend a dance performance, where you will see the famous Kandyan dances, as well as up- country and devil dances. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 4 Kandy - Victoria Golf Club, Digana - Kandy
After breakfast your driver will bring you the to Victoria Golf Club, Digana, situated about 25 km east of Kandy for one or two rounds of golf. Return to Kandy after your golfing.
Day 5 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast you leave to Nuwara Eliya. From Peradenya the road starts to ascend steadily and in the late morning, shortly before reaching Nuwara Eliya, you will have climbed 1'500 m. You are now in the tea country; where ever you look, you will see tea plantations, the rich full green of thousands and thousands of tea bushes. And out of the green in regular intervals the white coloured tea factories will enchant your eyes. Occasionally you can see a few rice fields and near the villages, vegetable plantations or gardens.
The small resort town of Nuwara Eliya, situated at 2'070 m above sea level, lies on a little lake and is surrounded by mountains covered over and over by tea bushes. At the town boundaries there are a lot of vegetable plantations and flower fields, but also along the roads of Nuwara Eliya and in most of its gardens flowers are blooming. Check-in at the Hotel St Andrew's, Nuwara Eliya.
In the afternoon transfer to the Nuwara Golf Club for a round of golf. Transfer back to your hotel for overnight
Day 6 Nuwara Eliya
Transfers to the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club for Golf and after the game back again to the hotel
Day 7 Nuwara Eliya - Colombo
After breakfast in the hotel you leave Nuwara Eliya and a short while later you will reach the Ramboda pass at 2'200 m, the highest elevation of your tour. From the descending road you see again the rich full green of the tea estates with the white-coloured tea factories. You will stop at one of these tea factories where you will learn how the green tea leaves become the well known Ceylon teas. While descending into the lowlands, you will come across the paddy fields and vegetable plots, which border the settlements. Later you will see again paddy fields and coconut plantations. You will stop at one of the spice gardens there you can see a lot of trees, bushes and plants cropping spices. You will reach Colombo in the evening. Check-in at the Cinnamon Grand, Colombo.
Day 8 Colombo
After breakfast transfer to The Royal Colombo Golf Club for golf and after the game back to the hotel again. Overnight at the hotel
Day 9 Colombo
Breakfast at the hotel and end of the tour
The prices are on request and include accommodation on bed and breakfast in Colombo at the Cinnnamon Grand, in Kandy at the Hotel Earl's Regency and in Nuwara Eliya at the Hotel St. Andrew's, transport in air-conditioned car with English speaking driver/guide from Colombo and again back to Colombo.The entrance fees to the sites mentioned are not included. As the operators pay the same prices as the guests, it makes sense that the guests pay these fees direct on the spot. The entrance fees amount to about USD 45.00 per person, children up to 12 years pay half. Also green fees and caddie fees etc. are not included.
Green & Cady fees in Colombo, Digana and Nuwara Eliya per person
-On a working day USD 65.00 in Colombo and USD 41.00 in Digana & Nuwara Eliya per round
-On weekends and holidays USD 85.00 in Colombo and USD 53.00 in Digana & Nuwara Eliya per round
-Caddie fees USD 10.00 in Colombo, Digina & in Nuwara Eliya per round
During the Kandy Perahera at the Hotel Earl's Regency in Kandy
On the 24th December and 31st December inclusive of gala dinner as per hotel.