Victoria Golf and Country Resort, Sri Lanka
Golf at The Victoria Golf and Country Resort, Sri Lanka
As as a keen golfer, finding a great golf course has become a major part of most of our holidays. It’s at the top of our must-do list, alongside finding the best restaurant and the best local hang-out. So when we took a trip to Sri Lanka, we just had to include a round of golf at the Victoria Golf and Country Resort to our itinerary. After all, if it’s ranked among the 100 Most Beautiful Golf Courses (Golfers Digest) then why wouldn’t you?
The course, a 73 Par, 6933-yard championship course designed by British award-winning golf course architect, Donald Steel is established on a 500 acre, former coconut plantation with breathtaking views of the Knuckle mountain range. Sprawled amongst the hills with mountain views and overlooking the Victoria reservoir, the course offers golfers of all levels the opportunity to test their golfing skills. It offers continual changes in elevation over hilly terrain, natural outcrops of rocks provide natural hazards and narrow fairways are flanked by woodlands, stately trees and coconut palms, home to Sri Lankan monkeys.
A perfect destination to unwind and enjoy a game of golf amidst stunning scenery and exquisite views. The Victoria Golf and Country Resort is, without a doubt, one of the most stunning golf courses in South Asia.
We stayed at the resort and enjoyed the secluded ambience away from the bustle of the city. The Victoria Golf & Country Resort accommodation chalets were comfortable, spacious and good value. Each chalet sits on the golf course with course views; great for a relaxing way to sit back and contemplate the day’s game.
Alternative accommodation includes larger cottages perfect for groups of friends, each accommodating max 4 persons and a villa accommodating up to 8 persons.
Luxury Independent villas can also be found on the estate. Clingendael is a luxury 5 bedroom villa with an in-house chef, ideal for families or groups of friends.
The resort includes an equestrian centre, tennis courts and an infinity swimming pool set against the mountain backdrop; a welcome relief after 18 holes.
Places to visit
We took a taxi into Kandy to visit The Buddhist Temple of The Sacred Tooth and the Bahiravoka Buddha statue but alternatively, you could stay in Kandy and spend a day golfing at Victoria. Travellers personal choice – the hustle and bustle of Kandy versus the tranquil ambience of Victoria?
The resort is situated 25km from Kandy which is approximately a 45-minute drive, and 150km from Colombo which takes just over 3 hours when driving. The train journey from Colombo to Kandy takes approximately the same time but could be considered much more relaxing. Hiring a personal driver is another option and negotiable rates can be reasonable.
We travelled by seaplane from Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo to the award winning resort, via Cinnamon Air, landing on the reservoir with spectacular views of the Knuckles Mountain Range. A fantastic experience in itself and the flight only took 40 minutes.
Top tip: Best times to play golf in Sri Lanka is during February to mid-May or from August to November when the average temperature is around 24 degrees.
If you have any questions or would like further advice on our visit to Victoria Golf and Country Resort, or on travelling around Sri Lanka read our post Top 10 things to do in Sri Lanka or please feel free to comment below.