Nuwara Eliya Gold Club
Within the sprawl of tea planter’s bungalows, white picket fences, strawberry patches and neatly tended hedgerows is the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, one of the oldest golf clubs in Asia. Founded in 1889, by British planters primarily for their rest and recreation, the club to this day caters to some of the customs and traditions of the country’s colonial past. This quaint mix of old-world charm and modern trappings provides it with a special aura and is the essence of its attractiveness.
The 18-hole course, 6399 yards long, is a testing par 71 and is made up of long, narrow fairways, bordered by rows of towering eucalyptus trees and elegant cypresses, held together by dense acacia shrubbery. The club offers coaching lessons for beginners and includes a small area for kids to try their hand at putting. The cosy clubhouse is equipped with a billiards room and a wood-lined bar, with old pictures and tournament winner’s names suspended on the walls. Meals include classic English cuisine and an increasing number of Asian dishes.
Even if you do not intend to play golf, the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is truly a beautiful place to spend the afternoon. The course is open to adults and juniors, and you can choose to play either 6, 9 or 18 holes. Equipment is available to rent in the club shop and the staff will help you get kitted out. As with most golf clubs, standard golf attire is required for entry, and you will need to be dressed appropriately to play