Nuwara Eliya Golf Club

activities / Sports & games

Lonely Planet review

It didn’t take the tea planters long to lay out land for drives and putts in their holiday town, and the club was founded in 1889. Spreading north from Grand Hotel Rd, Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is beautifully kept and has a retinue of languid sleeping dogs guarding more than a few of the greens.

Water hazards – in the form of rivers and streams – come into play on six holes. Temporary members pay Rs 500 per day. Hire golf clubs for Rs 1000 per day and golf shoes for Rs 150 per day. The club expects a certain dress code: for men, shirt with collar and pants or shorts (of a decent length), socks and shoes; and for women, ‘decent’ golf attire, which we assume means a skirt of a suitable length or pants. The club has a convivial wood-lined bar and a badminton hall and billiard room. Dinner in the dining room includes classic bland English cuisine, such as lamb chops with mint sauce, and an increasing number of Asian dishes.