Victoria Golf Course wins award for BEST course in Sub-Continent
Victoria Golf and Country Resort underlined their reputation as one
of the best golf courses in Asia when it brought honour to Sri Lanka by
winning the award as "Best Golf Course in the Sub-Continent" in the
competition organised by the Asian Golf Digest. The presentation of
award ceremony took place at Marina Sand Bay Hotel in Singapore this
Two officials from victoria golf and CR who went to collect
the award second from left Dhanushika Medagoda (Marketing
Manager) and on extreme right Neroy Marso (General Manager).
It was a truly top honour and recognition for Victoria Golf course
for having won this award for the 8th time since the year 2006, which
means they are heading this list and have taken up an unbeatable lead.
Winning 8 times out of 9 is a great achievement which is worthy of
The odd year they could not win this was won by Royal Colombo Golf
Club two years ago and this time RCGC was placed third while the second
spot was occupied by Karachi Golf Club, Pakistan.
Hard work brought award
Success did not come Victoria's way easily and it was not offered on
a platter and it was sheer dint of hard work and dedication tot he task
by its staff headed by its amiable General Manager Neroy Marson, the
Course Manager Indu Rodrigo and the support staff who worked tirelessly
in the hot Sun and the wet weather conditions often accompanied by
thunder and lightning.
The other important aspect of marketing and conducting events was
handled by a young lady Dhanushika Medagoda. Then there is the
Restaurant staff and the Caddie Master S. Siva who were all responsible
for this great success.
A tribute must be also paid to the earlier members of the staff who
played a key role for the success of the maintenance of the golf course
and its activities. The First Director/General Manager was Tony Witham,
followed by Mike Varney, and Errol Johnston who did tremendous amount of
work to upgrade the facilities from time to time. The present General
Manager Neroy Marson himself a golfer with a low handicap with years of
experience in Star class hotels is continuing the good work or even
better as evidenced from the comments of the golfers from both Sri Lanka
and abroad. Some of the others who had contributed to the success of the
club are Mrs. Janina Weeratunga (An English lady who settled down in Sri
Lanka), S. De Run, Lalindra Ranaweera, Peter Perera, and the present
Finance Manager Nishantharana.
A section of the award winning victoria golf course ....
(Picture by S.M. Jiffrey Abdeen – Kandy Sports Cor.)
It is a matter of conjecture whether this golf course was born by
accident or whether it came into being through design. Its founder the
late Mark Bostock during one of his visits to the Victoria region saw a
potential of a golf course being constructed here. West part of the area
was surrounded by the Victoria reservoir and skirted by the hills of the
Hewaheta Range, the Hunnasgiriya Ranga and at a distance the
Hanguranketha Range. The Victoria dam which was commissioned a few years
earlier could be also seen from a little higher elevation.
It was in the mid-nineties and the ethnic war was having its tell
with the tourists reluctant to come to Sri Lanka and Mark Bostock
conceived the idea of constructing an International class golf course
with all facilities like any other top golf course in the world to
attract not only golfers but also others to make Sri Lanka a golfing and
Late Mark Bostock worked hard for course
This land was owned by the State and was a coconut plantation. With
much persuation the leasing process was overcome but there was a problem
with the anvironmentalists and the Trade Unions. Late Mark Bostock using
his wide experience in both as a planter and administrator and a
professional employed brilliant strategy.
The trade unions were told that line rooms located in the middle of
the area earmarked for the golf course will be re-located else and
provided with cottage type houses with a 40 perch block of land thrown
in as a good measure.
They will also find lucrative employment in the golf course and 100
such line room dwellers were re-settled at a huge cost.
The theories of the environmentalists were also debunked as there was
no foundation in them as a environment friendly golf course was to be
constructed while retaining the nature.
The best in the world Donald Steel - a world renowned Golf Architect
designed the golf course and the job to implement the designs and plant
the grass was entrusted former planter and cricketer Tony Witham who was
working with the Melbourne Parks came ever to Sri Lanka handle the
implementation of this project.
Tony Witham now retired from the services of Victoria's golf complex
said that he had to face a number of labour cases which they won all.
There are two more pending in the Labour Tribunal.
Victoria ranked among 100 top courses in world
It was a 18-hole golf course designed for 36 holes and built up to
USGA standards it has been ranked among the first 100 golf courses in
the world since it was opened to golfers in 1999.
The first golf championship to be conducted was Donald Steel golf
championship and other top events have been Sri Lankan Airlines Golf
Classics, Mark Airways Golf Classics, SAFF Games Golf championship, Sri
Lanka Amateur Golf Championship, United Arab Emirates - Sri Lankan Golf
Championship, the Club Championship, the PGA Masters Golf Championship,
Junior Championship, and many others. There is also the monthly medal
Apart from golf then there is a chain of chalets which enjoys a very
rate of occupancy, the swimming pool, table tennis, horse riding,
mountain hiking and a well equipped restaurant with air conditioned
facilities. For wild life enthusiasts there is plenty of small and
friendly wild life sambhurs, egrets, many varieties of birds etc.
This golf course offers a feast for the senses with fairways lined
with mara trees, coconut palms, the plains the outcropping of hills the
scenic beauty in sylvan surroundings will make this course a golfers
paradise and they will be playing in the paradise no doubt.