Colombo Golf Club 125th Anniversary
It is 125 years since the Royal Colombo Golf Club was inaugurated.
The stone was laid and a Course was built on the Galle Face esplanade
at a location in the neighborhood of the Army Hospital alongside
the lake. South of this area was the Gardiner legacy the Galle Face
Hotel which came into operation in 1864 and still going pretty strong.
Royal Colombo is the 2nd oldest Royal Golf Club outside the British
Isles with the Royal Calcutta Golf Club established 175 years ago
identified as the oldest. During this period every imaginable game
was played on Galle Face and the playing areas were so impossibly
crowded that Golf was getting choked due to unlawful encroachment.
1895 the Colonial Secretary a avid golfer himself moved in and brought
immense relief to all golfers when in consultation with Governor
Sir James. West Ridgeway offered the Alfred Model Farm named after
the son of Queen Victoria to the Golf Club.
this land gifted to the Government belonged to Philanthropist Sir
Charles Henry de Soysa the great-grandfather of Sriyan de Soysa
the present President of the Sri Lanka Golf Union.
December 1896 the course was opened by Governor Ridgeway and since
then the Royal Colombo Golf Club Course has been named Ridgeways
and today after much restructuring the course is an absolute beauty
comparable with the best in our part of the world.
special committee comprising Kumar Boralessa (Chairman) Sarath Piyaratne,
Elmo de Silva, Primal Wijenayake, Ron Bakelmun, Sriyan de Soysa
& Tita Nathanielsz will handle the elaborate arrangements connected
with the opening ceremony, Cultural Pageant, Cocktail Party, Golf
Tournaments, Receptions & the Award Ceremony and dinner at the
take this opportunity to record that popular Coach Henk Stevens
from the Land of Tulips & Windmills has arrived to take charge
of the Clinic at the Ridgeways of the Royal Colombo. Through this
stint he will concentrate on the Juniors where exciting talent has
been identified. Radha Sunderampillai the indefatigable Co-ordinator
is once again in charge with Anne Captain & Elvera Merz to assist
at call. They form a great trio.