Sometimes a game of golf is more than just perfecting your game, improving your handicap or besting your opponents. Sometimes it is about soaking up the atmosphere and appreciating the beauty and majesty not only of the sport, but the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you as well. Seamlessly blending in with mist-shrouded mountain ranges and emerald landscapes, the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club in Sri Lanka is just such a place where it is easy to get “lost” in the beauty of Mother Nature.
One of the foremost golf courses in the country, this popular course can be found in the town of Nuwara Eliya. The course’s central location means that it’s easily accessible from many of the holiday bungalows Nuwara Eliya has to offer including Oatlands by Jetwing. Dating back to 1889, Nuwara Eliya Golf Club was initially constructed during the time the island was a colony of England. This old world charm is still present at the club which is one of Asia’s oldest.
Spanning a total of 6,075 yards, this 18-hole, par 71 course is challenging as it is awe-inspiring, with a backdrop that has similarities to the Scottish Highlands. Designed with some narrow fairways and tricky water hazards, the course also has an enchanting terrain featuring everything from eucalyptus to cypress trees framed against a backdrop of rolling hills. A combination of bluegrass and local varieties, the course is part of Sri Lanka’s rich golfing history.
Among the highlights here include the 6th hole (par 5) which is the longest of its kind in the country, featuring a sizeable fairway; be wary though, the bordering trees can be unforgiving for those whose shots go astray. Also of note are the holes from 12 to 14, fondly referred to as “Little Switzerland” because of their resemblance to hills.
Those finishing their round at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club can end their outing with a visit to the clubhouse and enjoy a hearty meal and drink while soaking up the charming ambience of this magical getaway in the hills of Sri Lanka.
Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.