Gallery2-The Royal Colombo golf course is one of the busiest courses in Asia & averages close to 75000 plus rounds of golf per annum
Gallery3- The Royal Colombo golf course is a 18 hole , 6560 yard ,Par 71 layout with 14 water bodies in play . It has a course & slope rating of 71.3:127 & can be a very challenging layout especially when the greens are fast & dry
Gallery4 -One of the unique aspects of the course is the railway track that runs through the course & is very much in play . In the morning trains run past almost every 15 minutes
Gallery5 -Bunkers , more bunkers and the railway track . View of the approach to the green at the short 300 yard , Par 4 , 7th hole .Golfers need to be wary as if you are short the ball could ricochet off the tracks into oblivion
Gallery6- The clubhouse at the Royal Colombo Golf club
Gallery7-The golf course has Bermuda greens & buffalo grass fairways . The rough here can take some getting used to as its like crab grass & grabs the clubface .Pic shows the view from behind the 1st green at the RCGC
Gallery8-The Royal Colombo golf course has close to 3000 members & is a private club .However visitors are encouraged to play golf & it is an easy course to access especially during weekdays
Gallery9- The Royal Colombo Golf club
About this course
The Royal Colombo Golf Club was the 2nd golf course in the world to receive the “Royal” charter & oozes history & character. The premier course in Sri Lanka it’s located centrally in Colombo & is an extremely busy course – approximately 75000 plus rounds plus are recorded here per annum !! A tight & challenging 18 hole layout it plays to 6560 yards as a Par 71 course from the championship tees. From the regular tees for Men it is a 6303 yard layout.
Open to visitors the club is otherwise a members only club & has close to 3000 members as of Oct 2012. About 600 of them are golfers. The greens are Bermuda grass & can play fast on the stimp especially when the weather is dry & the fairways have Buffalo grass. The roughs are a mix of buffalo grass & have a crab grass feel that takes getting used too – as the grass tends to grab on your clubs & first timers here do take a while to get a handle on this.
The golf course has some very unique features which make a round here memorable. A large number of water bodies, a mature tree line (that one needs to avoid), tight fairways bordered by boundary walls that are all OB areas & the very unique distinction of having a railway line run through the course. So do not be surprised to be interrupted during your downswing with the sound of a whistle OR the sight of a express train in your peripheral vision.
The club has a well stocked pro shop with golf sets available on hire & also has a driving range with 3 professionals to teach the beginner & the regular golfer. The clubhouse has excellent dining facilities & visitors can avail of the changing room facilities which included access to lockers.
The RCGC has a excellent clubhouse that will take you back in time to the colonial era with a elaborate food menu. The Snack & bite menu at the clubhouse includes mouthwatering dishes like Sesame prawns, Fried hendallas, Hot butter cuttle fish, Mustard pork, Devilled beef & chicken & Muffins too !