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Colombo Golf Club

The Colombo Golf Club, founded in March 1879 was later designated the Royal Colombo Golf club. The club moved to its present location at Model Farm Road, Borolo, in 1896. The nine-hole course, which was first constructed, was extended to form the superb 18-hole course of today.
Golfers visiting the island are welcomed as temporary members. Temporary members are entitled to use the bar, restaurant and well equipped professional's shop. Golf clubs are available on hire.


The main hotels which include the Oberoi, Inter-continental, Ramada, Taj Samudra and Hilton provide tennis courts. If you are foriegners, advance bookings are advised. Temporary members and guests are welcome to some private clubs. These are the Orient club, Rajakeeya Mawatha, near Royal collage; Sri Lanka Tennis Association 45, Sri Marcus Frenando mawatha, Colombo 7; Women's International club, 16, Guildfort crescent, Colombo 7; and Nondescript's cricket club, Maitland Place, Colombo 7.


The Oberoi, Inter - Continental, Taj Samudra and Ramada hotels have squash courts available. The Gymkhana club and the Otter Aquatic club, 380, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, (Bullers Road), Colombo 7, welcome temporary members.


The beach of Kinross at Wellawatte is a very well-known place for good swimming in the city while in the south is Mount Lavinia Beach which is 12 kilometres from the Fort. It is the most popular place for the sea and sun. The Kinross Swimming & life saving club, station Road, Wellawatta, has temporary membership to visitors. The private Otter Aquatic club, 380, Bauddhaloka Mawata, Colombo 7, allows temporary members and guests to use its swimming pools.

Health Clubs

All of the 5-star hotels in the city provide sports centres and health clubs with a great selection of physical fitness equipment’s and activities. A few - the Hilton, Ramada and Taj - have temporary memberships for short-term visitors.

Aerobics Classes

Some of the 5-star hotels provide a regular program of aerobics classes by skilled instructors.

Rowing and Boating

The Colombo Rowing club, 51/1 Chittampalam Gardiner mawata, Colombo 2, offers a fine clubhouse by Beira Lake. The entrance is opposite the lake house bookshop.

The Royal Colombo Yacht club, at Colombo harbor, has dinghy racing.

The Ceylon Motor Yacht club, 14 miles south of Colombo on Bolgoda Lake, Moratuwa has dingy racing.


The Vihara Maha Devi Park at Colombo 7, is opposite the town Hall. This well-tended park is a very good place for a relaxing walk or to be in the shade of large flowering trees. Several small parks coming with playgrounds are found around the city.
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