• Overview

    Sri Lanka is very lush and tropical and provides the perfect retreat from the onset of the British winter. For over 2,000 years the island was ruled by a monarchy, which only ceased in 1972 with the appointment of a president. Sri Lanka’s population of around 21 million is a multi-ethnic with four main groups. Singhalese (mostly Buddhist) is the largest, followed by Tamils (mostly Hindu), Moors (with Arab origins) and Burghers, a mixed group of Portuguese and Dutch origin who are mainly Christians. Its core source of income comes from tea exportations, spices, rubber textiles and petroleum refining.

    In 2013, Lonely Planet rated Sri Lanka as the ‘hottest travel destination on the planet’, and they didn’t mean the weather. Join me for what I am sure will be a fascinating trip of golf, culture, cuisine and warm weather relaxation.

    If you wish to book a place on the ‘Sri Lanka Golf Tour’ and the ‘Sri Lanka Curtural Tour’ thereafter, please let us know and we will send you the confirmation details accordingly.

    David Short

  • Itinerary

    Saturday 5th November                  Welcome to Sri Lanka

    ~ Arrive at Colombo International Airport

    ~ Meet & Greet

    ~ Transfer to Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo

    ~ Meet David for an introduction to the tour

    Having arrived at the airport, we will each be met and transferred to the 5 star Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo. The Kingsbury Hotel, which overlooks the Indian Ocean, is the newest 5 star hotel in Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. With stunning ocean views from every room, the Kingsbury Hotel also has unparalleled views of Colombo city, Colombo harbour and its ‘Sky Lounge’ is regarded as one of the best locations in the city to experience the tropical sun sets. The service, standards and facilities are all that we would expect from a 5 star hotel. Not only that, the Kingsbury’s location is also ideal, as we are within a stroll of shopping malls, pubs, restaurants as well as historic sites.

    Colombo itself is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka and is by far the most cosmopolitan city in the country, from the street hawkers in the noisy bazaars of the Pettah area, to the blue collared, tie clad businessmen of the World Trade Centre, Colombo is where Sri Lanka’s economic and financial heart beats. From the grand old mansions of the bygone era to the department stores and shady tree-lined boulevards of today, Colombo has something for everyone. The shopping, nightlife, and the dining experience in Colombo are pretty amazing and there are plenty of other historical, cultural and religious places of interest in the city too for us to experience.

    Overnight – The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo (5 Star)

    Sunday 6th November         Colombo City Sightseeing Tour

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Colombo City Sightseeing Day

    Before we venture onto the fairways, we will take the day to explore our surroundings and get a feel for history, culture and vibe of Colombo.

    We will firstly visit the Colombo National Museum.   The Colombo Museum, as it was originally called, was established on 1 January 1877. Its founder was Sir William Henry Gregory the British Governor of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) at the time. The Museum provides a fascinating insight into the culture and history of Sri Lanka, an appropriate first stop for our sightseeing day. We will then move onto the Gangaramaya Temple. The temple’s architecture demonstrates an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture. This Buddhist temple includes several imposing buildings and is situated not far from the placid waters of Beira Lake on a plot of land that was originally a small hermitage on a piece of marshy land. It has the main features of a Vihara (temple), the Chetiya (Pagoda) the Bodhitree, the Vihara Mandiraya, the Seema Malaka (assembly hall for the monks) and the Relic Chamber. We will then move on to Independence Square. The Cinnamon Gardens Independence Memorial Hall is a national monument in Sri Lanka built in commemoration of the independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule with the establishment of the Dominion of Ceylon on February 4, 1948. It is located on the Independence Square, formally Torrington Square. Finally, we will visit the Independence Arcade. As Colombo evolves into one of the great cities of Asia, the Independence Arcade has added to Sri Lanka’s spectacular landscape. The Arcade represents one space where entertainment, shopping, leisure and dining can all be offered, but it is the design and presentation of the complex that is so impressive, and it has become a statement of Colombo as a ‘Beautiful City, a Beautiful Life’ as it likes to be known.

    Overnight – The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo (5 Star)

    Monday 7th November                   Royal Colombo Golf Club

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ 18 holes Royal Colombo Golf Club

    We play our first round of golf at the Royal Colombo Golf Club, the oldest Golf Club in Sri Lanka and the second oldest Royal Golf Club outside the British Isles. The Club was opened by the British Governor Sir Joseph West Ridgeway, 130 years ago. The golf course measures 5,770 yards in length and has many water hazards to challenge us. Situated in the midst of Colombo City, the golf course is an oasis of green and refreshing openness in a tropical environment.

    Overnight – The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo (5 Star)

    Tuesday 8th November                   Royal Colombo Golf Club

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ 18 holes Royal Colombo Golf Club

    With only four Golf Clubs in Sri Lanka, we will take the opportunity to play some of the courses twice. Hence, another opportunity for us to pitch our wits against the Royal Colombo course. Golf in Sri Lanka, like many other British sports gained popularity on the Galle Face Green, an urban park in the City. The Colombo Golf Club was formed here and in 1896 moved to its present location which was a model farm originally owned by Sir Charles Henry de Soysa, a Ceylonese philanthropist. In 1928 the privilege of using the prefix ‘Royal’ was bestowed upon the Club by His Majesty King George V.

    Overnight – The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo (5 Star)

    Wednesday 9th November              Colombo – Nuwara Eliya

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Check out of the hotel

    ~ Transfer to the Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya (approximately 5 hours)

    We bid farewell to Colombo for a while and head to the scenic town of Nuwara Eliya, also fondly known as ‘Little England’. Nuwara Eliya lies nestled in a valley more than 2,500m above sea level and is surrounded by misty mountain ranges covered in pine forests and tea cultivations. Nuwara Eliya has a much cooler climate, which is in stark contrast to the tropical climate experienced in other parts of the island. The mountains surrounding Nuwara Eliya are covered with carpet of tea bushes and the whole process of tea manufacturing, from green leaf to the fragrant contents of a packet of Ceylon Tea, can be watched at many of the tea factories in the area. Also close by are the Hakgala Botanical Gardens. A fascinating area for the second part of our tour.

    To break up the journey from Colombo, we will visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala en-route to Nuwara Eliya. The Pinnawela orphanage is situated north west of the town Kegalle, halfway between the present capital of Colombo and the ancient royal residence of Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. The orphanage was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife department. The orphanage is an also breeding place for elephants, more than twenty elephants have been born since 1984, and it has the greatest herd of elephants in captivity in the world.

    Our hotel is the wonderful Grand Hotel. Imagine an elegant High Tea on a manicured lawn; sipping a stiff brandy by the blazing fire after a round of golf in the cool air. Is it Britain in the days of the Raj? It may be the 21st century, but colonial splendour still reigns in all its past glory at the Grand Hotel. Built in 1891, this was the palatial residence of the former Governor of Sri Lanka, Sir Edward Barnes. Today the hotel offers the ultimate in comfort and the best of traditions from the ‘good old days’ to all who seek the charms of the famed hill country landmark.

    Overnight – The Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

    Thursday 10th November               Nuwara Eliya Golf Club

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ 18 holes Newara Eliya Golf Club

    Located next to the hotel is the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, which was constructed in 1889 by a Scottish soldier of the Gordon Highlanders. The course was built for the British servicemen and officials who were posted at Nuwara Eliya. The course covers approximately 40.5 hectares (100 acres) of land and was originally built amidst the tea plantations of this central highland region. The course is located at an altitude of 1,830 metres (6,000 feet) above sea level and is an 18 hole, 5,550 metres (6,070 yards), Par 70 layout. The scorecard is in metres, however the distance from the yardage markers to the edge of the green are measured in yards.

    Overnight – The Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

    Friday 11th November         Horton Plains Sightseeing Tour

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Visit Horton Plains

     

    A sightseeing day today and we head to the Horton Plains. The Horton Plains National Park is a forested highland plateau area with the most extensive area of cloud forest still existing in Sri Lanka. The British ‘discovered’ the plateau in 1834 and renamed the area after Sir Robert Wilmot-Horton, the British governor of Ceylon from 1831 to 1837, who travelled to the area to meet the Ratemahatmaya of Sabaragamuwa in 1836. Stone tools dating back to the Balangoda culture (who existed from around 30,000 to around 10,000 BC) have been found here. The local population who resided in the lowlands ascended the mountains to mine gems, extract iron ore, construct an irrigation canal and fell trees for timber. Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker advised the British Government “to leave all Montane Forests above 5000 ft. undisturbed” and an administrative order to this effect was issued in 1873 that prevented clearing and felling of forests in the region. Horton Plains was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1969, and because of its biodiversity value and was elevated to a national park in 1988.

    Overnight – The Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

    Saturday 12th November                Nuwara Eliya Golf Club

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ 18 holes Newara Eliya Golf Club

    We play our second round at Newara Eliuya today. The course has huge changes in elevation, the greens are blue grass and run at about 6-7 on the stimp on a normal day and can play up to 9 on a tournament day when the weather is bright and sunny. This course has some very tough and challenging Par 3 holes, massive trees that guard the fairways and make broad landing areas look rather small in comparison. There are some very tight holes where an inaccurate shot is punished severely. The course is designed in a manner that we never really let our guard down and that is what makes a game at the Nuwara Eliya a fabulous experience.

    Overnight – The Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

    Sunday 13th November      Hakgala Botanical Garden Sightseeing Tour

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Visit Hakgala Botanical Garden

    After breakfast we will head to the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, which are situated on the Nuwara Eliya – Badulla main road, 16 km from Nuwara Eliya. The Gardens were established in 1860 as an experimental Cinchona plantation from which the anti-malarial drug quinine is derived. Subsequently the gardens were used for experiments in acclimatising temperate-zone plants to life in the tropics. Today, Hakgala’s gardens of roses, shrubs, ferns and montane woodland are delightfully located in a salubrious environment, with small streams running, wooden bridges built over them and with birds flying all over. The charm of the Gardens is quite something. The gardens sprawl up the steep hillside, ranging from the anodyne ornamental areas around the entrance to the far wider and more interesting forests up in the hills. The best views are from the steps and the path on to the right immediately after the entrance gate that leads through the azalea garden up to a little pavilion.

    Overnight – The Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

    Monday 14th November                 Nuwara Eliya – Kandy

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Transfer to the Earls Regency Hotel, Kandy (approx. 2 hours)

    The tour moves on to Kandy today, the last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings against the British Empire. Kandy is picturesquely surrounded by mountains and rivers and is just 72 km away from Colombo. Kandy is also the location in which the annual Esala Perahera, one of the most sought after events in the country takes place.

    Our hotel for the coming days is one of the most luxurious in Sri Lanka, the 5-star Earl’s Regency Hotel. Set amongst the misty hills of the ancient kingdom of Kandy, the hotel provides a quite unique and rejuvenating experience. Comfort being the topmost priority, the airy and spacious rooms combine the very essence of tradition and Kandyan heritage together with modern day luxuries, redefining the sense of opulent living. Kandy has a rich culture which the hotel very much shares with us; right down to the authentic hand painted Kandyan murals that decorate the walls of our rooms. The hotel has taken the utmost care to let us experience the hill country in all the grandeur.

    Overnight – The Earls Regency Hotel (5 Star)

    Tuesday 15th November                 Victoria Golf Club

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ 18 holes Victoria Golf Club

    The Victoria Golf & Country Resort spans over 517 acres of lush green land and is surrounded by the blue waters of the Victoria Reservoir and against the backdrop of the Knuckles mountain range. Designed by the renowned golf-course architect Donald Steel, the 6,945-yard, par 73-course is a favorite amongst local and foreign golfers. The challenging tee shots and narrow tree lined fairways will test our skills, whilst the third and fifth holes, which overlook the panorama of the Victoria Reservoir, will test our concentration!

    Overnight – The Earls Regency Hotel (5 Star)

    Wednesday 16th November            Victoria Golf Club

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ 18 holes Victoria Golf Club

    We play the second of our three rounds at the Victoria Golf Club today. The course, sprawling amongst the majestic hills and bordering the Victoria Dam, offers the most picturesque scenery and a breath taking view of nature in all its glory; the birds, the bees and the butterflies spanning the clear sky, and the sea-plane landing in the Victoria Dam airlifting visitors from the Katunayake International Airport to the Victoria Country Resort. The climate in Kandy is the ultimate combination of sun and a soft cool breeze and provides us with perfect conditions to experience what is regarded as one of the 100 most beautiful golf courses in the world.

    Overnight – The Earls Regency Hotel (5 Star)

    Thursday 17th November       Kandy City Sightseeing Tour

    ~ Breakfast

    A day for camera and for many long lasting memories to be created. During the course of the day we will visit Kandy Lake, the Royal Palace of Kandy, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya and the National Museum of Kandy. Indeed, the Royal Botanical Garden at Peradeniya are situated about 5.5 km to the west from the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka and attract two million visitors annually. The gardens are particularly renowned for their collection of a variety of orchids. We will take lunch at the Kandy Kitchen, a multi cuisine restaurant, and in the evening we will visit a cultural show, which highlights Sri Lanka’s rich culture and tradition. The show features a series of Sri Lankan traditional dances, with as many as 12 different folk and traditional dances performed by the Kandy lake club dance troop, within the span of an hour.

    Overnight – The Earls Regency Hotel (5 Star)

    Friday 18th November     Victoria Golf Club, Spice Gardens and back to Colombo

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ 18 holes Victoria Golf Club

    ~ The Spice Gardens at Mawanella

    ~ Transfer to Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo

    With Colombo being only a couple of hours away, we will take the opportunity to play the magnificent Victoria Golf Club one last time. To play this course three times and to really get to know it properly, will be a great experience, as not only is the setting one of the finest in the world, but the golf course in itself is quite supreme. On our way back to Colombo we will visit the Spice Gardens at Mawanella. For centuries spices have been one of Sri Lanka’s celebrated exports. Spices are mostly grown in home gardens (as a home industry) and used not only to flavour food but also for medicine and cosmetics. We will have a fascinating insight into this industry, before heading back to Columbo and the 5-star Kingsbury Hotel.

    Overnight – The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo (5 Star)

    Saturday 19th November       Departure or onwards to Galle

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Check out and departures or transfer to Galle

    The golf tour draws to a close at this point, with the option to return home to the British winter, or to stay on for a further week and experience a week of relaxation and sightseeing in the Galle and Dambulla areas of the Country.

  • Booking Procedure

    To book a place or places on any of the David Short Golf events, please just use the Enquire Now button and complete the Online Enquiry form.

    Iain and his team will then book your place(s) and send your confirmation details within 24 hours. With the initial confirmation details, will come a request for a deposit, which is £50.00 per person for UK events, £150.00 per person for European overseas events and £250.00 per person for longer haul holidays.

    Two months prior to the commencement of each event, you will be sent an invoice for the balance of your booking, with an acknowledgement of the payment once received. Two weeks prior to commencement of the event itself, you will be sent a Travel Pack, which will include the contact details for David or Barney, the transport arrangements where applicable, the itinerary for the event, contact details for the accommodation, as well as the names of the other members attending the event.

    David or Barney will then meet you on the day of arrival.

    Please feel free to contact Iain at any time with any queries or amendments that you may have.

Price Per Person

Price per golfer:          £ 2,545.00

Price per non golfer:           £ 2,240.00

Single room supplement:   £40.00 per person per night

Notes on the Prices:

Price includes:

– Services of your Tour Host, David Short

– Daily transfers

– Accommodations

– Daily breakfast

– 2 x lunches

– Seven rounds of golf with caddies and caddy fees included

– Sightseeing tours as above illustrated

– 2 x 500 ml Water Bottles (Per Person/per day)

Price Excludes:

– International airfares

– Soft drinks, tea/coffee, alcohol or any other beverages

– Telephone, laundry or any other services offered at the hotels

– Video / photo permits on any of the sites

– Expenses of any personal nature

– Services other than those specified