Though only slightly larger than the canton of Zurich, Mauritius boasts an extraordinary density of fabulous golf courses. The duo Île aux Cerfs (formerly: Le Touessrok) and Anahita are basically “must-plays” for true golf enthusiasts. Both golf courses come with stunning views of the Indian Ocean and the island’s rugged, towering mountains. Designed by Bernhard Langer and only accessible by boat, the Île aux Cerfs golf course is slightly narrower and more challenging than neighbouring Anahita, which is 328 yards longer. The Anahita golf course was designed by Ernie Els and offers wide, undulating fairways.
History of golf
The game with the little white ball was introduced in Mauritius long before the tourist boom of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Founded in 1844 by officers of the British Royal Navy, the Gymkhana Club lays claim to being the oldest golf course south of the Equator. Golfers eager for some golf history can expect to find a beautifully maintained, albeit not particularly long, parkland golf course in central Mauritius.
In the footsteps of the Senior Tour
Situated slightly further north, near Poste de Flaq, is another golf course duo: every year in December, the best players of the European Senior Tour meet on the Legend golf course at Belle Mare Plage for the first stage of the tour’s grand season finale. Designed by South African Hugh Baiocchi, the course is set within a former hunting reserve. Amateur golfers can (indirectly) compare their skills with Bossy, Woosie or Monty - which is by no means an impossible feat. Extending to just under 6600 yards, the course is relatively short. Golfers who manage to keep the ball on the partially fairly narrow tree-lined fairways stand a good chance of playing to their handicap.
The neighbouring Links course gives the impression of being slightly longer. But that is an optical illusion caused by its slightly wider fairways, which are easier to hit. The course, designed by eight-time Ryder Cup player and long-standing BBC golf expert Peter Alliss together with architect Rodney Wright, is not a links golf course in the conventional sense (the ocean is not always visible). But the gorgeous track across rolling links-style terrain and through dense mangrove forests definitely make up for that!
Other recommended golf courses
The Heritage Golf Club (formerly: Golf du Château), The Avalon Golf Estate, Tamarina Golf, Spa & Beach Resort, Paradis Hotel & Golf Club.
Tips in closing
Golf courses on the island of Mauritius are usually accessible to visitors of other resorts. However, pre-registration with the concierge of your own hotel is recommended.
The road infrastructure in some parts of beautiful Mauritius is not all that sophisticated; make sure you allow sufficient time for transfers.
A good way to explore the island is by rental car. Note should be taken that the locals tend to drive very fast, which takes some getting used to. However, that should not stop you from slowing down and taking things in holiday stride!