Belle Mare Plage Legend: a European Senior Tour venue in beautiful Mauritius

The third golf venue in Mauritius I’d like to report on is the Constance Belle Mare Plage Legend course, sister course to the Links, and actually the older sibling as this course has been the first one of the two and effectively made Mauritius the golf destination it is today. The Legend is, from a vegetation point of view, very comparable to the Links. It’s a modern open parkland style with interesting routing and challenging holes. You find many water hazards here and as well some tricky forced carry tee shots.

The Legend is an official European Senior Tour venue and also hosts the annual Mauritius Open. In a word, it’s a demanding course.

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The club is situated right next to the Belle Mare Plage resort and offers shuttle buses from all hotels of the Constance group. Once you arrive at the club house, you’ll be greeted and warmly welcomed by the courteous and helpful staff: someone offers you a cold towel to refresh yourself, another prepares your cart and someone else takes good care you’ll find the way to the first tee or the practice facilities.

Just like the Links, all golf players can be assured to be in good hands while they enjoy the hours in this club—on the course or at the bar after the round.

The course however does challenge the usual weekend golfers. It’s not at all as difficult as the Le Touessrok but golfers need a decent swing in order to play their handicap. That’s mainly because of the water which comes into play on almost every hole! Sometimes the holes feature a fairly narrow fairway and water to both sides. So again, it’s more the straight and controlled strike which is important here, not the smashing drive, no matter where it lands.

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The hole I liked the most was the definite signature hole number 17, a par 3 over a lagoon (see the picture above). The white and black tee boxes feature a 150-160m tee shot over water and a well-secured green. On the last holes of the course we saw numerous deer which was quite astonishing. These animals obviously got used to humans (and golfers) as they not at all flee from golf carts driving along.

This short video here sums it up quite nicely.

This marks the end of my little report on Mauritius, the famous golf destination. It’s a majestic place and the place to be for golfers, honeymooners, beach and water sports enthusiasts and for all those who want to combine everything with beautiful sunshine, white beaches and turquoise water, all of which you have here as well.

This was definitely not my last trip to this tropical Indian Ocean island. There are some other golf treasures to be found on the island and as Anahita is still on my personal bucket list, I will be back some time.

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Belle Mare Plage Links: a great start to Mauritius Golf

Belle Mare Plage is the name of one of the prettiest beaches on the beautiful island of Mauritius and at the same time name for a hotel and two golf courses.

Mauritius is a typical golf and honeymoon destination so it was easy to combine the two. The hotels are first class and so is the service in all related activities and amenities. We booked a tee time via the concierge at the front desk at the Constance Le Prince Maurice which is the superior hotel compared to the sister hotel Belle Mare Plage. So booking was easy and guests at the Prince Maurice benefit from booking priority.

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Very regularly there’s a shuttle leaving from the hotels heading to the courses which are just a 5 minutes ride apart from each other. So somebody is picking you up, taking care of your clubs and once you arrive at the club 10 minutes later, the buggy and service personnel is already waiting for you. Somebody is greeting you with a wet towel and makes your visit as pleasant as possible.

After 2 minutes you are ready to go. We first went to the driving range which apparently is a quite unusual thing as we were the only ones. And all people which we saw arriving later on, everybody was directly heading to tee no. 1. But one bucket of balls for us was absolutely fine, especially because my wife hasn’t swung a club for like 3 years.

One thing every golfer in Mauritius has to learn is the following; the people living in Mauritius are quite poor compared to European standards. So what they do is, they sell used golf balls which they found in the bushes. I’m not exaggerating when I say we probably saw 15 people during our round, offering golf balls for sale. These people get on the property, look for balls in the bushes and then sit by the green and wait for the next golfers, i.e. customers. It was a bit weird in the beginning but after two, three rounds you totally get used to it. You even learn, that green keepers are the laziest bunch of people on the planet, but once you show interest in buying some used balls, they get over-excited, totally forget about their work – and then the price negotiations can start.

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But back to topic: the course is situated on the east coast of the island, offers lots of water and therefore is called “Links”. To be honest it’s neither built on links land nor is it pure links character. I’d call it a fairly open parkland course with many water hazards – it actually looks pretty American in style. It’s a Peter Alliss design and features undulated greens and rolling fairways, both fair in size.

For the quality of the course I’d say it’s a 6 out of 10. Although it was the end of their winter (with approx. 20°C) the fairways were quite brown-ish and the greens have just been punched apparently. So it was not really good looking, but far from horrible. The setup of the holes, i.e. the architecture, was interesting so overall I’d give 7/10 points.

What’s really outstanding in terms of hole design was for instance the 2, where you’ll find huge lava stone formations on or next to the fairway. The stretch from holes 11 to 15 offers a lot of water which is not only pleasing to the eye but at the same time rather intimidating – which is good for the fun on the course.

It was definitely a nice round which we absolutely enjoyed. The golf was great, the service is outstanding and the tiny things that annoyed us (e.g. sub-optimal greens, brown parts on fairways) were forgotten very quickly. A great round of golf in total.

I definitely recommend this course in case you stay at the Constance Hotels and golf is included. Would I pay 100€ plus 70€ taxi to play here staying in another area of the island? Probably not.

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Mauritius, a very fine golf destination

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I was lucky enough to schedule in some rounds of golf during my honeymoon to Mauritius. This island is a pure golf and honeymoon destination at the same time, so why don’t combine the two reasons…

During our 2 weeks we managed to play three rounds:

During the first week we stayed at the Constance Le Prince Maurice Hotel on the east coast and the first two courses here in this list were free of charge. We were picked up by a shuttle service, brought to the courses in 10 minutes and were provided with excellent service and a GPS cart. No need to say that the golf experience in Mauritius is absolutely top-notch.

However the both courses at Belle Mare Plage were not in the most superb condition than hoped. The greens have just been punched before and at least the Links Course had some more brown-ish areas than anticipated as Mauritius moves from winter to summer now. But overall, two very nice courses indeed.

Next on my list were the Le Touessrok and the Anahita. Unfortunately I only managed to play Bernhard Langer’s Le Touessrok. But it was worth the efforts and Anahita, supposedly the highlight of Mauritius, remains on my list for the next trip to the Indian Ocean.

In the second week we moved to the St. Regis Hotel in the south-west part of the island. There you’d find the Paradis Golf Club, the Tamarina Golf Club and the Heritage Golf Club close by but we didn’t play them at all.

When you think about holidays in the Indian Ocean and you are a keen golfer, then forget about the Maldives or the Seychelles! Enjoy the golfing variety of Mauritius with its superb golf courses.

Getting ready for Mauritius

The wedding is around the corner and with it the planning for the honeymoon. We’re going to Mauritius and I can’t wait for it! The next two weeks will be absolutely hell in the office—my thoughts always circle around the wedding ceremony, the party and the honeymoon.

Mauritius is the perfect golf destination and I’m very much looking forward to the two weeks with my wife-to-be and obviously to the rounds of golf I’ve scheduled in. The missus rarely plays golf so she’s not as excited as I am but she obviously knows about my passion so I got my OK to play some rounds.

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Mauritius more and more becomes famous for being the place-to-be golf destination in the Indian Ocean. That’s partly because of the superb golf courses they have there, but as well because of the numerous 5- and 6-star hotels and beach resorts. Flipping through the travel catalogues it’s sheer luxury what pleases your eyes and imagination. And that’s basically what all golfers want: sunshine, great golf courses, beautiful surroundings, pleasing amenities and outstanding service and accommodation!

The following courses are the ones which I currently have on my list for the trip. And I do hope that we can squeeze all these in!

Some of these courses are nestled within rainforest, but most of them are situated right at the coast line, offering fantastic vistas onto the Indian Ocean. I’ll have my camera ready—time to follow Golficiency on Instagram!

Any thoughts or suggestions, please let me know!

Which courses to play in Mauritius?

I need your help! I’m currently planning a trip to Mauritius. Actually it’s my honeymoon but that’s another story. So I’ll be in Mauritius for about 2 weeks later this year, together with the missus, but I got the official permission to play some rounds of golf, which by the way I highly appreciate!

Now what I need is some advice on courses. I know that quite some people go to Mauritius for golfing so I hope that somebody out there has some valued feedback on courses, quality, general attractiveness, difficulty, location etc. Otherwise I have to stick to my usual go-to place which is top100golfcourses.co.uk.

This link takes you to a selection of fine Mauritius courses such as:

Anybody able to provide some insights on the above? A feedback is much appreciated.