Tee-off in the tropics: 3 golf courses and what you can expect

2017-01-14 16:31 - Kelly Anderson
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If the allure of the warm azure waters and bright, diverse culture isn’t enough to tempt you into a trip to Mauritius, perhaps this may swing you.

In case you weren’t aware – Mauritius is a golfer’s paradise!

Mauritius was the third country in the world where golf was played after the UK and India, so it is naturally home to an astonishingly high number of golf courses, some of which were designed by world leading golfers such as Ernie Els, Bernard Langer and Hugh Baiocchi.

The island boasts a wide range of golfing options, from the basic 9-holes, to world class championship 18-hole courses.

The golf courses in Mauritius present the widely-loved game in beautiful natural setting, with some boasting spectacular sea views, open coastal panoramas and even the option of playing amongst the island’s animals.

You can find a number of holiday golfing packages that are built around exploring all the courses the island has to offer, as well as a variety of local and international tournaments.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

If you do a quick Google on golf in Mauritius, one name is bound to appear over and over again: Constance’s Belle Mare Plage. The resort is home to two equally beautiful 18-hole championship golf courses - The Links and The Legend.

The Legend, designed by South African Hugh Baiocchi, is a championship layout, surrounded by water and built to USPGA specifications. It’s also home to an honorary group of golfers - a massive herd of deer!

No need to worry; they are incredibly unfazed by humans and will happily watch you take your next shot before going on their way. It’s an endearing addition to an already incredible course.

The newer Links course was opened in 2002, designed by Rodney Wright and Peter Alliss. Set in a natural terrain with the course facing the setting sun, it also hosts it’s own golf academy equipped with professional, patient instructors.

The courses are equally beautiful, and all guests have unlimited access to both!

Belle Mare Plage is also host to the MCB Tour Championship.

Anahita Resort

Ernie Els was tasked with building the immaculate Anahita Golf Course, and boy, did he rise to the occasion. Providing players with heavenly views of the surrounding mountains and cool blue lagoon, the course is as beautiful as it is challenging.

 “One of the strengths of this golf course is we were able to maximise the visual impact of the surrounding scenery, but at the same time preserve the coastline’s natural beauty,” says Ernie. 

“The hole- routings move in and out of the trees, along the water, and back, giving players great variety and magnificent views of the ocean.”

The Anahita resort hosted host the 2016 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, the first ever tri-sanctioned tournament by the European Tour, Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour.

Ile aux Cerfs 

So we’ve covered some rather spectacular golfing resorts, so now let us introduce a GOLFING ISLAND. Yep, it’s a little Mauritian island that is predominately a golf course. How great is that? Situated just off the coast of the Anahita resort, the Ile aux Cerfs was designed by German champion golfer Bernhard Langer.

It’s said to have cost $11.5 million to construct, covering 38 hectares on the southern half of the Ile aux Cerfs island.

It boasts billowing topography, volcanic rock outcrops, lakes and gullies, and a variety of tropical trees and plants.

If you’re not into golf but your partner insists on visiting, don’t stress! Besides golf, one can also experience three beach restaurants and engage in a whole stack of activities. 

The island features an adventure park, sailing, parasailing, kayaking, canoeing and snorkelling, as well as tours to the waterfall and around the island. 

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