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.
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.
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.