Mauritius is fast becoming a Mecca for golfing holidays. The island is a relative newcomer to golf tourism but boasts eight Championship-quality 18-hole courses.
When coupled with year-round sunshine, great beaches, luxurious hotels and friendly service, Mauritius ticks all the boxes for discerning golfers looking for their next golfing holiday.
The Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort on the east coast has two impressive courses. The Legend was designed by South African champion, Hugh Baiocchi while the Links is an 18 hole, par 71 course designed by Rodney Wright and Peter Allis. Guests staying at nearby Constance Le Prince Maurice also have acces to both these courses.
The Peter Matkovich course at Golf du Chateau, Bel Ombre on the south coast (near to the resorts of Heritage Awali, Heritage Le Telfair & Outrigger Mauritius) was designed to be accessible to a wide range of golfers. Its stunning setting on 100 acres sandwiched between rolling hills, fields of sugar cane and the ocean make it one of the islands most scenic locations.
Ile aux Cerfs Golf Course at Shangri-La's Le Tousserok resort on the east coast was voted tenth in the world's top one hundred courses by Golf World Magazine. This is an incredible course on the small offshore island of Ile aux Cerfs, with all 18 holes having views of the sea. Bernhard Langer designed the 18-hole, par 72 championship course to challenge advanced players, while it also remains exciting and playable for recreational golfers.
The Avalon Golf Estate is a relatively new 18-hole course, the only inland championship course in Mauritius, taking in mountains, rivers, ravines and a sweeping view of the southern coast. Created by the South African architect, Peter Matkovich, the layout of the course was designed with the South-East Trade Wind in mind; all par 3's and par 5's play in different directions, thus providing varying conditions throughout the round.
There are also superb courses on offer Tamarina and Le Paradis Resort on the west coast as well as at Four Seasons Anahita Resort on the east coast.
As the popularity for golf holidays in Mauritius has increased, many golf courses, which are in theory individually autonomous, have developed strategic alliances to offer reciprocal deals. This allows golfers to pay more than one course on a visit with relative ease. Resorts that are members of the same hotel group often offer complimentary access to their courses; in addition, there are some alliances between the courses on the west/south coast (Le Paradis, Tamarina, Heritage, Avalon) and those on the east coast (Ile aux Cerfs, Four Seasons Anahita, Legend and Links). There are currently no 18-hole courses in the north of the island.
If you are a serious golfer you will be happy playing all of the 18-hole courses available. They may not suit beginners or casual golfers although the courses do have facilities for tuition with PGA professionals. For children and novices there are a couple of 9-hole courses such as the courses at Maritim or Trou aux Biches which may be less demanding.
Members of our team have played all of the major courses on the island. Our general opinion is that the Legend and Links courses at Belle Mare Plage, as well as the Heritage course in the south, are the best in Mauritius.
A tight course with a lot of water and tough scrub and volcanic rock if you venture from the fairways, it's definitely worth taking a caddie for the first round or two. The signature 17th is a delightful par 3 across a picturesque bay. The 18th is a super dogleg right with water all the way up the right, a real risk and reward hole finishing below those looking on from the terrace of the thatched clubhouse.
Not as tough off the tee box as the Legend course but with a lot of elevated greens and well placed bunkers equally difficult to post a low score. Whilst not a true links course it definitely has a links fee with rolling fairways and plenty of room. Four of the back nine holes are played around a lake and overall the back nine is probably the better of the two. Buggies are compulsory.
The course at the Paradis / Dinarobin, in our opinion, has some of the best greens on the island. It is a very flat course with no hills and is therefore very walkable. On the 16th and 17th hole you are able to catch a glimpse of the whole bay and indeed the entire course is set in stunning scenery with a mountain backdrop. A few people have been put off by the state of the fairways, however, on the whole it offers a great day out.
Despite it being a championship course the Golf du Chateau course at Heritage Awali / Heritage Le Telfair is one which amateurs will find an enjoyable one. It offers just enough risk and reward holes to provide a challenge without major frustration. The first 5 or 6 holes look down on the ocean and over the hotels and provide some spectacular views.
A new course designed by Peter Matkovich located in the south at Bois Cheri; a little further inland, it therefore offers different challenges including rivers, ravines and ridges. This is a course built very much around the indigenous flora and fauna of the untouched south with challenging natural contours and undulations. Perhaps your favourite memory of the course will be the 4th hole; the tee shot is played along an elevated ridgeline, across a ravine, to a fairway situated well below the tee.
Ernie Els has designed a really great course at Four Seasons Anahita with wide open fairways allowing for some fun off the tee. The only problem is that at the clever end the greens are tricky and very well protected by natural features as well as deep bunkers. There are spectacular views all over the course and in particular over the finishing 3 holes. The quality of the course is a s good as it gets having been built to the highest standard. On a windy day it can be as tough as an Irish links in a winter gale!
A course with a real African feel in thorny bush on the driest part of the island overlooking the Tamarin Bay and crossing a river gorge. All in all a great test of golf but at all times very fair. The scenery at Tamarina is spectacular with the towering Rempart Mountain regularily in view and overall it's well worth playing. The clubhouse is superb with a great patio area to sit and watch the sun go down over paradise with a cold beer.
Some airlines have an additional charge to bring golf clubs, if you don't not wish to pack your clubs you can hire locally and all courses offer the well known brand name clubs. A couple of balls are generally included with these hired clubs and for any more you may be charged.
The dress code is usually shirts (with collar for men), knee length tailored shorts and socks or tailored trousers. No jeans are permitted. For shoes soft spikes are the order of the day and you can hire shoes if necessary.
Most courses close around 6pm due to the setting of the sun. As a result tee times for 18 holes are restricted to between 7.30am and 2pm. You may find individual players or two-balls being combined with other groups to ease demand. Twilight golf may be available after 2pm if a full round is not being played. We recommend that you pre-book the day before play to avoid disappointment. This does not, however, mean that the courses are crowded. A round can comfortably be accommodated in under four hours.
Distances are in metres. Global positioning systems can be hired which can give metric or imperial distances. Some courses offer as many as five different tees to vary the degree of difficulty.
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