It’s official: Mauritius won the prize of ‘Golf Destination Of The Year’ by the Association of Golf Tour Operators (AGTO) for the countries in Africa, Indian Ocean and Gulf States, finally identifying the island as ideal place to indulge in the joys of the green. In short, not content for city-people to languish before its heavenly landscapes, Mauritius has managed to convince the most experienced and novices golfers alike to impose itself among the best golf destinations in the world. The keys to this success are simple: In addition to a mild climate throughout the year, a virtually non-existent time difference with Europe, Mauritius has to its credit a dozen spectacular courses (with a majority of 18 holes) designed by some of the biggest names in golf (Bernhard Langer, Ernie Els and Rosney Wright in the lead) and especially sited in enchanting settings.
Fancy a short, technical course? Rendez-vous at the Legendary Golf of Belle Mare Hotel, a local legend and a paradise for golfers nestled in the heart of a game reserve and its neighbour The Links Golf Course, hyper attractive with its wide fairways and undulating volcanic rocks. Then followed by the Paradis Golf Club – Le Morne, between the idyllic lagoon and Le Morne Moutain, accessible from the hotel Paradis or Dinarobin,
the sublime and very delicate path of Deer Island nestled in idyllic bays and accessible via Le Touessrock Golf Course on Long Beach or yet the mind-boggling 18-hole golf of Château Bel Ombre in the heart of a wild landscape and accessible from Hotel Heritage Telfair. And finally include the green and hyper selective Golf du Tarramina designed by Rodney Wright, the Balaclava designed by Graham Marsh or the very tropical Poste de Flacq du one and only St Géran, a 9 holes, work of the South African Gary Player. Difficult to make a choice?
In addition, there is the possibility to opt for smaller size course the ‘Pitch and Putt’
And because golf is everyone’s affair here, note that Air Mauritius now offers its passengers the opportunity to take for free their golf bags subject to a maximum of 20kg and have a ‘voucher golf’ available on the company website. More reason not to hesitate.