Royal Colombo Golf Club

223 Model Farm Rd,

Gothamipura, Colombo 08, Western Province

  • Office

    +94 1126 95 431
  • Pro shop

    +94 1126 91 401
  • Fax

    +94 1126 87 592

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Relatively flat terrain - no effort to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Residential areas, Borella Cemetery and woodland.

  • Designer:

    Moved to present location in 1896; most recent modifications by Donald Steel, assisted by Martin Ebert (1999).

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Metres
6560
6303
5186
Par
71
71
71
SSS or slope
71.3
70.0
72.1

Location

Latitude:

6.906149

Longitude:

79.883549

How to get there:

Located in Gothamipura / 4 km SE of central Colombo.

Royal Colombo Golf Club

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.

Est. 1879

Royal Colombo Golf Club: Occupying a relatively compact space in the heart of Sri Lanka's capital city, "RCGC" is one of the world's oldest golf clubs outside the British Isles. Tucked into this pleasant tree-lined parkland course, you'll find a beguiling layout to test your full repertoire of golfing skills.

Occupying relatively flat terrain, and incorporating Donald Steel's modifications from the turn of the millennium, the layout comprises an out-and-back loop of eight holes, followed by one of ten. Here amongst the tightish and predominantly bunker-free fairways, a number of interesting ploys overcome the layout's lack of acreage.

The most interesting ruse of all, comes at the par-4 1st and 18th holes. They share the same not overly wide fairway. A traffic light system allows groups playing 1 and 18 to tee-off simultaneously.

At the heart of the course is a not overly large pond, which cleverly spreads itself out to create the threat of water at the 1st, 5th, 7th and 8th holes. Running through the pond, and in fact north-south through the entire course, is a railway line! A separate pond makes for an interesting approach shot at the straightaway par-4 2nd, while on the back-nine water only really threatens at the par-4 12th.

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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes: weekdays US$80; weekends US$99.

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2021].

Other information

Caddies compulsory for visitors.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

King George V bestowed the Royal title on Colombo GC in 1928. It is the only golf club in Sri Lanka honoured by royal prerogative during the period of British rule (1815-1948), and was the second club outside the British Isles to be granted the ‘Royal’ prefix, after Royal Calcutta (founded 1829).

Published ranking

Sri Lanka's 3rd best course (Golf Digest, 2022).

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