|About||The Sri Lanka Golf Union (SLGU) is the Governing Body for Golf in Sri Lanka.|
The Sri Lanka Golf Union (SLGU) is registered under the Ministry of Sports Sri Lanka and recognized by the R&A as the sole Governing Body for Golf in Sri Lanka.
Golf is one of the oldest sports to have been played in Sri Lanka having its roots during the Dutch rule of the 17th Century. It is well established that the Dutch word “Kolf” refers to a stick which was shaped to hit Kolf balls in a game which was later to become the National Sport of Scotland as Golf.
Excerpts from some writings of Edmund Reimers, the late Government Archivist during British rule in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka): … the keeper of a Hostelry had died a few days before, and his widow, with typical Dutch caution, had proceeded immediately to get the ‘loose’ goods inventoried…
The Hostelry itself had a large back garden which had a miniature golf course called the kolf-baan…
Amongst the items in the shed off the golf course in the garden were 21 golf balls and 19 golf clubs…
Mr. Reimers, who himself was a golfer, overwhelmed by his discovery, composed the following lines, which was published in a leading newspaper of the day with a caption Golf – a la Hollandais.
“The weakness we often impute to the Dutch
Is giving too little and asking too much
But the little they give you’ll gladly admit
Is sometimes – not often – a really good bit;
E.g., golf, who’d have thought that jolly old threesome
On the dunes of Bruges so open and freesome
Was the direct ancestor of golf in Ceylon?
Colombo that is. Why share what you’ve won
By true right of inheritance straight from the Heer
Who in seventeen-seven odd kept such excellent cheer
In his place in the Fort, Mom, Roskammer, Deventer
Rhinewine and French ditto and Knyp and ‘Genever’?
And other good things besides both liquid and solid
Who hurried or strolled to bar or the links
For a game of Dutch ‘kolf’ or a couple of drinks.”
However, it was the British who formalized the sport in Sri Lanka during their rule in the 1870’s. Golf has been formally played in