Looking for a destination for your next golfing holiday? With its numerous championship courses, amazing weather, beautiful scenery and luxury hotels, I think Mauritius is easily one of the best places to choose. So, today I’m going to take a look at some of the island’s best golf courses – hopefully, this will help you decide where to go!
Why choose Mauritius?
Before we get started, I just wanted to take a quick look at what gives Mauritius the edge over other destinations. Perhaps its most obvious quality is the sheer variety of courses available here – there are eight 18-hole and five 9-hole courses. That’s quite a lot for just one small island!
Another advantage is that virtually all of them are incredibly scenic, with many having ocean views from the bulk of their holes. The near-constant good weather also has a significant part to play, I think, since it means you don’t have to worry too much about the elements spoiling your game.
Finally, the fact that there’s lots of luxury accommodation in Mauritius is another bonus – especially as there are often golf courses either within the grounds themselves or close by. One example is the Belle Mare Plage resort, which I’ll talk about in more detail below.
First up, I’d like to recommend one of the island’s newer courses. Anahita is a par 72 course designed by former world number one golfer Ernie Els – and one which is challenging enough to stretch even this legend’s abilities. The par 3 hole 8 is the one he found trickiest, so be ready to face a real test of your skills here!
That said, the combination of wide fairways and friendly rough mean that while there are definitely very challenging points, this course is still suitable for average golfers. Plus, there’s an excellent practice area for anyone hoping to hone their skills. You’ll not only find putting and pitching greens, but also the Four Seasons Golf Academy, which has some of the very best computerised swing analysis around.
My next suggestion is one of the island’s most unique courses, Le Touessrok. What makes this par 72 course so different from the rest is the fact that it’s located on its own island (Ile aux Cerfs), which means you need to reach it either by boat or air. Fortunately, doing so isn’t difficult, with it taking around five minutes to reach by water from the mainland.
So, aside from its interesting location, what does Le Touessrok have to offer? Well, it’s definitely one of Mauritius’s prettiest courses, especially considering around half the holes are next to the Indian Ocean. It’s also among the most challenging, with a lot of water hazards (which include the ocean itself, as well as lakes and ponds), deep bunkers, mangroves and black volcanic rock to negotiate.
Belle Mare Plage – Legends and Links
Last up we have the resort of Belle Mare Plage, which is actually home to two excellent courses. The Legends course arrived first and has a reputation for being one of the best on the island. What’s great about playing this par 72 course is that its varied holes give you a really exciting game – so expect to face a lot of different challenges while you play.
Having opened in 2002, the par 71 Links course is a more recent addition to the Mauritian golf circuit. This is a more open course than its neighbour, but still provides a challenge, with obstacles like black volcanic rock and lakes demanding accuracy of your shots.