Earl's Regency & Victoria Golf Resort
Sri Lanka, Ceylon, Highlands, Kandy
- The Resort
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Aitken Spence Hotels runs several properties on the island, three of them directly linked to Sri Lanka's most famous golf courses - from the historic Royal Colombo in the capital, to the modern Victoria Golf Club in the hills near the sacred city of Kandy, and the vintage Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, still higher up in tea country.
Capital of the Central Highlands province and the ancient Kandyan Kingdom, Kandy lies in the midst of wooded hills and tropical plantations at an altitude of 1,600 feet. Kandy is a three hour scenic journey from Colombo by Intercity Express Train, which has an observation salon to enjoy the stunning views as it climbs up into the hills.
A fifteen minute drive from town up the Dumbara Valley, Earl's Regency hotel is poised high up in the hills overlooking the meandering Mahaweli River. The 5 star hotel was exquisitely designed to make the most of its hilltop location and enjoys a peaceful, secluded location yet perfect to discover Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and play golf at Victoria, a fifteen minute drive further up Dumbara Valley from Earl’s Regency and one of the "Top 100 Most Beautiful courses in the World" as per US Golf Digest.
There are three further excellent golf courses in Sri Lanka, one in the hill station of Nuwara Eliya, further up the railway line from Kandy, and two at the outskirts of Colombo, the island capital and gateway to the country. Aitken Spence runs the Heritance Negombo (opening mid 2015) in Negombo, a perfect place to stay when landing in, conveniently close to the airport and Colombo's two golf courses.
Earl's Regency Hotel
A fifteen minute drive from town up the Dumbara Valley, Earl's Regency hotel is poised high up in the hills overlooking the meandering Mahaweli River. The 5 star hotel was exquisitely designed to make the most of its hilltop location. The facilities are distributed between two accommodation wings and a central area hosting the facilities. The large guestrooms all have a private balcony overlooking the valley.
Earl's Regency enjoys a peaceful, secluded location yet perfect to discover Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and play golf at Victoria, one of the "Top 100 Most Beautiful courses in the World" as per US Golf Digest.
5 Star luxury hotel in the Dumbara Valley, 15 min. from Kandy
130 Rooms & Suites • All guestrooms fully A/C, elegantly designed and with balcony with valley views • IDD phone with voicemail, satellite TV, radio and piped music • Safe and minibar • Full bathrooms with hairdryer
24 hour room service • Laundry/ Valet service • Tour desk • Car rental • Shop • Conference services • Main Restaurant (Regional & international cuisine) • Coffee Shop (all day dining) • Mountbatten Bar & Pool Bar
Swimming pool • Floodlit tennis court • Squash courts • Fitness Studio • Diviyan Spa with Steam room • Children's pool & playground
Victoria Golf & Country Club
• Championship Course
Donald Steel (1999) 18 holes - 6,933 yds - Par 73
A fifteen minute drive further up Dumbara Valley from Earl’s Regency, Victoria Golf & Country Resort enjoys a stunning location on a peninsula jutting into the magnificent Victoria Reservoir., from which it takes its name This jewel was designed by Donald Steel, fellow and former chairman of the British Institute of Golf Course Architects and current president of the English Golf Union.
Spreading over 500 acres of pristine nature. this championship course takes full advantage of the undulating terrain covered with coconuts and majestic hardwood trees. Every hole could be a signature hole on any other course. The layout offers a challenging and rewarding round with the breathtaking backdrop of the Victoria Reservoir and the misty Knuckles Mountain range. The resort is nicely complemented by a full facility clubhouse and a swimming pool complex as well as bungalows offering on site accommodation.
Well trained caddies available
Clubhouse: Proshop, locker rooms, bar/restaurant + Swimming pool complex
Victoria Chalets: 3 Chalets, each with 2 en-suite double room and fairway veranda
Golf In Sri Lanka
There are three further excellent golf courses in Sri Lanka, one near the former capital Kandy, stop over on the road to Nura Eliya (see individual entry), and two at the outskirts of Colombo, today's capital and gateway to the country. Aitken Spence runs the Browns Beach Hotel in Negombo, a perfect place to stay when landing in, conveniently close to the airport and Colombo's two golf courses.
The history of golf in Sri Lanka dates back from the days of the British Empire. During the mid 1800’s, the Galle Face Green in Colombo was the cradle of all British sports in Ceylon. Golf together with horse racing, polo, rugby, football, hockey and tennis share the vastness of the Galle Face Green. The Sri Lanka Golf Championship, the oldest National Golf Championship outside Britain was institutionalized in 1891.
• The Royal Colombo Golf Club
Colombo (Founded 1879) Donald Steel & Martin Ebert - 18 holes - 6,560 yds Par 71
Oldest club in the country and 4th oldest course outside the British Isles, Royal Colombo is situated within the city limits, yet it remains amazingly calm and tranquil. In 1879, a handful of intrepid British expatriates decided that it was time to introduce golf to a small British Colony called Ceylon. Not only golf but horse racing, polo, cricket, football, hockey and rugby were initially introduced on Galle Face Green. It was there, sharing with cricket and rugby enthusiasts on Galle Face Green, that the Royal Golf Club was inaugurated without a clubhouse or a proper golf course. In 1896 the club moved to its present location, which was a model farm, and in 1928 the privilege of using the prefix “Royal” was bestowed upon the Club by His Majesty King George V.
The course was recently redesigned by world reputed golf architects Donald Steel and Martin Ebert, yet maintaining its immaculate Colonial Ceylon style. A flat course with broad fairways featuring many water hazards. At the 6th, you may encounter the Kelani Valley train which runs across the fairway. Superb old Colonial British Club
• Waters Edge Golf & Country Club
Battaramulla, Colombo (2006) Murad Ismail - 18 holes - 6,504 yds - Par 72
Completed in 2006 the course was built on 200 acres of land criss-crossed by waterways on one of the most privileged locations in Sri Lanka's residential area, minutes away from Colombo, and amidst tranquil and natural surroundings. Waterways form the main hazards. There is a 300 m long drive range with 20 floodlit bays for night practice and a choice of turf or artificial mats. Other amenities at the Water's Edge includ a swimming pool, jacuzzis,, spa, banquet hall, restaurants, gymnasium and members lounge.
• Browns Beach Hotel
An Aitken Spence's beachfront hotel in Negombo, 5 mi. from Colombo airport and convenient to Royal Colombo GC & Waters Edge G&CC
About the size of Florida and known as "the Pearl of the Indian Ocean", this tropical island lies just off the southern tip of India and boasts hundred of miles of palm-fringed sandy beaches, lush mountainous interiors and no fewer than seven World Heritage Sites listed by the UNESCO and spanning close to 3,000 years of history.
Known as Ceylon till 1972, when it became independent and renamed Sri Lanka, the former British colony was an important stop on the ancient Silk Road and also the craddle of Buddhism, being the nation where the Buddhist teachings were first written down as well as the oldest continually Buddhist country. The country is famous for the production and export of tea, coffee, gems, coconuts, rubber and cinnamon, the last of which is native to the country.
Discerning visitors will marvel at the ancient sites of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Panduwasnuwara, with the remains of a great and ancent civilisation. The cities of Colombo and Kandy show the influence of the foreign colonial powers that fought for control over this strategic island, where Dutch-inspired buildings stand along with Victorian British mansions and Portuguese fortifications.
Capital of the Central Highlands province and the ancient Kandyan Kingdom, the Sacred city of Kandy - UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies in the midst of wooded hills and tropical plantations at an altitude of 1,600 feet. The focal point of Kandy is The Temple of the Tooth Relic, a famous pilgrimage site where the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha is enshrined. Kandy is a three hour scenic journey from Colombo by Intercity Express Train, which has an observation salon to enjoy the stunning views as it climbs up into the hills.
• The Temple of the Tooth Relic: Kandy's focal point and shrine to Buddha's tooth relic
• Bahirwakanda Temple: The omnipresent Buddha statue seen from everywhere in Kandy
• Kandy Lake
• The Royal Botanical Gardens
• Pinawela Elephant Orphanage
• The Tea Museum
• International Buddhist Centre & Monastery of Peradeniya
• Udawatta Kele Royal Forest Sanctuary
At 6,000 feet and overlooked by the island's highest mountain, and blessed with a salubrious climate, Nuwara Eliya was the favourite colonial hill station of the British who recreate a typical English Village in Ceylon's highlands. Know as "Little England", the town Tudor style architecture, Victorian homes and colonial landmarks have stood the test of time to take visitors on a journey back in time.
Nuwara Eliya dates back to the early nineteenth century when the British colonial administrator John Davy discovered this verdant bowl-shaped valley, overlooked by the rugged, jagged peak of Mount Pidurantalaga – Sri Lanka’s highest mountain. Governor Edwards Barnes soon followed in his footsteps and founded a sanatorium whilst overseeing the construction of a road from Kandy. Years later, as first coffee and then tea took precedence in local affairs, country clubs, hotels, golf courses, a lake, a park and even a racecourse popped up all over town.
Address & Contact
Aitken Spence Hotels
315, Vauxhall Street
Rajawela, 30 min. E of Kandy
Colombo International Airport (CMB), 120 km.
3 hr. journey from Colombo to Kandy (Intercity Express Train)
All year (Hotels & Golf)
Tropical, with monsoons and tempered by the altitude (500 m./1,600 ft.)