Royal Colombo Golf Club
This is the first golf club to be established in 1879 in Sri Lanka. King George V bestowed upon the royal charter. With direct ties to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrew’s in Scotland, it is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world. The golf club standing in the Colombo city either side of the Kalani valley rail track, has a well-equipped club house.
It is a 18-hole, 6560 yard par 71 golf course. Here you can witness a rare site at a golf course, where a slow train crossing the golf course. If you are a golfer it is a must to experience this golf course with such a unique history.
Named, “Mara One”, this hole is one of the toughest holes on the course it crosses the 18th fairway on the way down to a wide pond that can challenge many to a green that is unique for the magnificent rain tree (mara) on the left of it.
Nicknamed, “Little Devil”, similar to the name getting your distance right is key to hitting this par 3 and guarded by bunkers lined by trees it challenges even the more accomplished golfers as its stroke index reflects
Named, “Amen Corner”, the stroke index one, a fallen tree thrives and takes up the left side of this dogs leg where the landing area of most drives rest, again willows with the monkeys try to keep the left side protected from balls going OB and the water across the front and laterally along the right of the fairway makes this a true test of driving accuracy only the brave attack the fairway to go over all the trouble and have an open green guarded by bunkers one may be forgiven for wanting to go to the cemetery over the back of the green.
Since you will have to cross the rail track, its also known as “Rail Crossing”, and this par 4 is reachable to some with their drive but the railway line crossing could easily divert the path of the ball. A pond forces many ladies to lay up. A free drop is permitted if your ball comes to rest on the rail lines and then one has a precise shot to make on to a small landing area, going over means a hard bunker shot or even OB behind that.
Named “Farmers Drive” is a deceptive par 5 that is reachable in 2 for the longer players, with a pond on the right that could catch a wayward drive and also a pond across makes one think more than once about going for the green.
Names as “Sand Trap” This elevated tee to the heavily bunkered green provides enough deception on the length as the green is long and narrow.