Donald Steel International Golf Feb. 12 and 13
by S.M. Jiffrey ABDEEN - Kandy Sports Corr. at
GOLF: The 13th annual Donald Steel International Golf Championship
organised by the Victoria Golf and Country Resort will be worked off at
the Victoria Golf Course at Rajawella off Kandy on February 12th and
13th (Saturday/Sunday). Friday February 11th will be the practice day.
Over a hundred golfers from Sri Lanka and abroad are expected to
participate in this prestigious golf championship which was the first to
be conducted at Victoria in 1999 after the golf course was opened for
golfers in 1998.
This golf course was designed by the world renowned golf architect
and former President of the United Kingdom Golfers Union and himself a
top golfer Donald Steel, on a 558 acre coconut plantation surrounded on
one side by the Victoria Reservoir and covered by the hills of the
Dumbara and Knuckles Range and on the other side by Hewaheta and
Hanguranketha hills in the Nuwara Eliya district.
Donald Steel who came over from England designed this coconut
plantation which was once a Dutch farm in such a manner to retain all
its natural features. In other words the nature was not disturbed. Both
fauna and flora was protected to make it a fantastic golf course having
all the features. It has the hills and it also has the plains. It is a
18 hole course designed for 46 holes.
In his own words Donald Steel states that the Victoria golf course
has all the ingredients to make it a wonderful course. He designed it
and was built with the highest environmental standards. As a result it's
home to 70 varieties of birds and other small wildlife such as deer,
monkeys, fishing cats, rabbits etc.
Over the years, the Victoria Golf and Country Resort has upgraded its
facilities by constructing a estate of the Araliya Restaurant with AC
facilities and a chain of guest houses within its golf complex which
enjoys a high rate of occupancy with the bookings made very much in
advance by golf tourists and others preferring a quiet holiday in sylvan
surroundings. It is a wonderful holiday experience.
This golf course was no awarded the prestigious "Best Golf Course in
the Sub-Continent" by the Asian Golf Digest for three separate years
besides winning several other awards.
The Donald Steel Golf Championship will be played over two rounds and
the golfer getting the Best Cross Score will be awarded the Donald Steel
Trophy. The defending champion is Englishman Ian Tait.
The Ebert's Pot will be awarded to the gentleman golfer getting the
Best Nett score over two rounds. The defending champion is Sacha Roschy.
The Pan Fernando Trophy will be awarded to the Lady Golfer
aggregating the Best Gross Score. The defending champion is Niloo
The Victoria Bowl is awarded to the Lady Golfer returning the Best
Nett total and the defending champion is Niloo Jayatillake's sister
Apart from this, there will be selerate competitions for gentlemen
and lady golfer such as the longest drive, nearest to the pin etc.
The entries are now open and further details could be had from
Dhanushika Medagoda on Mobile No. 0777 840894 or 072 7840894, Email
[email protected] or log into www. golferilanka.lk.
The entry fees will include the cover charge for dinner and dance on