Gallery2- The Nuwara Eliya Golf club is set an altitude of 6000 plus feet has massive tree cover along the fairways- With changes in elevation, blue grass greens , hazards & bunkers galore - this is a fascinating course to play- Pic of the 18th green
Gallery3 - Built by a Scotsman in 1889 this was used by the British officers & officials posted here in yesteryears- View of the 11th green at the Nuwara Eliya Golf course - this is a 364 yard ,Par 4 hole
Gallery4-View of the green at the 2nd hole at the Nuwara Eliya Golf course ,Sri Lanka . The hole is a 450 yard , Par 5 & tough - its the 3rd toughest hole on the course
Gallery5- View of the 2nd green from the side , with the massive tree in the background at the Nuwara Eliya Golf course
Gallery6-The striking lounge at the Nuwara Eliya Club
Gallery7- View to die for at the Nuwara Eliya golf course- Sip your hot cuppa tea & see golfers tee off at the 1st hotel in front of you & then watch them finish at the 18th green on the left of this table
Gallery8-There are plenty of hazards - both water & others ,that make a game at the Nuwara Eliya golf course , a test of accuracy- Do not for a moment let your guard down & ensure you carry enough golf balls the first time around
Gallery9-Make a pit stop at the 19th hole after your round- Heritage , charm & stories of a bygone era come together here
About this course
The Nuwara Eliya golf course has a interesting history. Built in 1889 this is located very centrally & just off the town center. It stretches across about 100 acres of land & was originally built amidst the tea plantations of this central highland region. This is a hill station town & the course is located at an altitude of 6000 feet.So the ball does travel faster – atleast 6 % approximately. The course is a 18 hole, 6070 yard, Par 70 layout – the scorecard is in meters, the distance from the yardage markers to the edge of the green are in YARDS (distances on par 3 holes are to the center of the pin).
The course was built by a Scottish soldier of the Golan highlanders for the British servicemen & officials who were posted at Nuwara Eliya. It was completed in 1889 & currently has over 2000 members. The town of Nuwara Eliya was built by the British & the entire area has great natural beauty with a salubrious climate right through the year.
The course has huge changes in elevation, the greens are blue grass & run at about 6-7 on the stimp on a normal day & can play upto 9 on a tournament day when the weather is bright & sunny. This course has some very tough & challenging Par 3 holes, significant elevation changes, massive trees that guard the fairways & make broad landing areas look puny in comparison & some very tight holes where a innacurate shot is punished severely. Its designed in a manner that you can never really let your guard down & that is what makes a game at the Nuwara Eliya course a fabulous experience.
The golf course is hemmed in by the city on all sides & you need to cross the road on more than one occassion too get to the next bunch of holes. The highest mountains in Sri Lanka are also located alongside the course – Piduruthalagalla (Mount Pedro), The Great Western & Haggala. July to August are typically the rainy months while winter is from Dec to Jan when the temperatures plunge down to 7-9 degrees Centrigrade. Do take a set of woolens & your umbrella (THIS APPLIES THROUGH THE YEAR) as the temperature drops quite suddenly during the course of a round & the quick downpour here can come in when you least expect it too ! The course also has rooms & golfers can easily plan a short golf break here.
The city of Nuwara Eliya,was founded by Samuel Baker, the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846. Nuwara Eliya’s climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England then, was also a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting,elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.
Although the town was founded in the 19th century by the British, the whole district is today visited by native travelers, specially during the month of April, the season of flowers, pony races, go cart races and auto rally.Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period such as the Queen’s Cottage, General’s House, Grand Hotel, Hill Club, Town Post Office and even new hotels are often built and furnished in the colonial style. Anyone who visits the city can wallow in its nostalgia of bygone days by visiting these landmark buildings. Many private homes still maintain their old English-style lawns and gardens (THIS PARA courtesy WIKIPEDIA).
TRIVIA : The green at the Par 5, 6th hole is a massive 50 yards wide & measures a good 10000 sq ft plus.
TRIVIA : Had a dog called Poonchi (which means small in Sinhalese) LEAD me through 9 holes of my 18 hole round.He would wait at the Tee box & then run down to the fairway, patiently wait for my second shot & then head to the side of the green. Always well mannered & gentlemanly!!
TRIVIA : The pro shop has used balls for sale. The interesting part is there are 5 buckets with USED Golf balls from 50 to 100 SLK rupees each.