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About Sri Lanka - Victoria Golf

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"Some golf courses have a splendid undulating terrain over which the holes are routed. Some golf courses have a scenic backdrop of hills and lakes, which excite the senses. However, the Victoria Golf Course near Kandy is blessed with both attributes" - Donald Steel, Golf Architect.

The Par 73, 6945-yard Victoria Golf Course was voted 'Best Golf Course 2005' by Asian Golf Monthly Magazine and ranked among the top 100 'Most Beautiful Courses in The World' by Golf Digest Magazine. Although the course was only completed in 1997, it is well established and with large trees lining the fairways this course does not show its young age.

The course is part of the Victoria Golf and Country Resort took shape at the end of the 1990s and it’s situated around 45 minutes driving time from the royal and ancient city of Kandy, a 517-acre property laid out within a former coconut plantation on the edge of the vast Victoria reservoir and overlooking the spectacularly scenic the Knuckles mountain range.

Part of an extensive residential development that also includes a swimming pool, tennis courts and equestrian centre, the Victoria course is laid out over hilly terrain with many changes in elevation experienced during a round here. With holes that will test all your golfing skills, from long hitting on the three 500 yard par 5s to the short, testing par 3s and their icy fast greens, Victoria cannot be just be regarded as just a pretty course, it’ll make the best golfers work hard for a good card.

All 18 holes at Victoria would be regarded as stand out holes on other courses, however, the 6th is the pick of the holes on the course and it’s played from an elevated tee position more than 100 feet above the fairway – probably the most spectacular par four in the whole country.

Victoria takes its name from the Victoria Reservoir by which it sits. This enormous water body provides electricity and irrigation for the country and wondrous views for the golf course. Coupled with the majestic backdrop of hills in all directions, the setting for golf has to be one of the finest in the world.

Holes: 18 Championship Golf Course, Length: 6945 Yds, Par: 73

Facilities

There is a putting green and practice range, Pro Shop and PGA Golf academy. Other facilities include; bar and terrace dining, floodlit tennis court, Saddle club and horse safaris, a large outdoor infinity swimming pool, Ayurvedic Spa and wellness centre offering a range of relaxing treatments. The surrounding reservoir and central hills are ideal for bird watching. Over 100 species of birds can be spotted while going on nature trails within the 500-acre estate accompanied by a local expert. Mountain bike trails also provide for much adventure. There are numerous accommodation options that cater for all tastes and budgets.

Fairways

Victoria Golf course has taken advantage the beautiful undulations of the land and its scenic surroundings. The front nine takes on a climb which is over once the 4th tee is reached and from where the golfers can marvel at the view down onto the reservoir. With focus on the game once more, the golfer is confronted by one of the best and the shortest hole on the course. A little over 100 yards, the 4th is also one of the most dangerous with rocks protruding from all areas of the green surrounds. Miss the green and a four can be a good score. Along with the 2nd, 3rd and 5th, the 4th has no bunkers. The holes do not need them such is the character of the land and the majesty of the trees. In fact the course has just 12 bunkers. To add any more would be completely unnecessary.

Following the driveable 5th, the long par 4 6th is a hole to fear despite its dramatic drop for the tee shot. This is the one point from which the Victoria Dam can be seen.

The back nine is easier to walk and stimulating to play, routed through tropical woodland to begin with and then through coconuts which frame the holes perfectly. Another different but equally stunning view comes at the 14th and 15th holes with the reservoir so close and the swinging par five 15th requires a second shot across the water when the reservoir reaches full supply level. Even when the level is lower the hazard must be carried. The view when standing on the green is like a three-dimensional landscape painting on the grandest scale.

The 17th is a down and up long par four demanding two perfectly struck shots and the 18th a friendly par five to guide the golfers back to the wonderful haven of the clubhouse. There can be no better clubhouse terrace upon which to sit to reflect on a truly remarkable golfing experience.

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