I have recently returned from visiting Mauritius on a research trip for new golfing experiences … and what an experience it was!
This was my first time to Mauritius, and I was hosted by Air Mauritius, the national airline of Mauritius and Beachcomber Tours, the Australian tour wholesaler who specialise in sending Australian tourists to Mauritius. Mauritius is not a large island, but it is spectacular with large volcanic peaks and beautiful, pristine beaches. The country has a very interesting and colourful history, being colonised in succession by the Dutch, French and finally the British in the 19th century.
The country is a melting pot of culture and diversity. The people are a mix of European, Indian, Asian and African, and while English is the official language, a local French Creole language is constantly heard when people gather in the shops and streets.
Tourism is the number #1 industry in Mauritius, with the majority of tourists coming from Europe, escaping their cold winters from November to March each year. I was there in the Mauritian “winter” in late June … it was 27 degrees Celsius on the day I arrived!
I was escorted on this trip by Rod Eather, Managing Director of Beachcomber Tours and he was a wonderful host. We inspected 7 international golf courses and 6 hotel resorts across the country.
The east coast has the most internationally renowned golf courses, with a highlight being the European PGA Senior Tour event held at the Legend course at Constance Belle Mare Plage in December each year. There are also great courses designed by Ernie Els, Bernhard Langer and Hugh Baiocchi that certainly get the senses racing when preparing to play these challenging courses.
On the south west coast is the golfing resort complex of Paradis and Dinarobin. Dominated by Le Morne, a towering volcanic mountain that seems to follow your every view, Paradis golf course is truly golfing heaven. An easy walking course at virtually sea level, the resort and course is situation on a peninsular, and the Indian Ocean can be seen on almost every tee, and comes into play with many water carries and lagoons.
Also on the south west coast are 2 other impressive courses that are “must play”. The Heritage and Tamarina are both a short drive from Paradis Resort and offer quite diverse golfing experiences. Both have spectacular views of the coastline with mountain backdrops and significant elevation changes.
I was so impressed by the relaxed and quality golfing experience of Mauritius, International Golf Specialists has already developed a 7 and 10 day golf tour for Australians, with the first tours to commence this October.
Tour dates, itinerary and prices are being finalised and will be listed on the website by 19 July. If you sign up to the newsletter or social media we will advise the tour details prior to launch.
I invite you to join me and other keen golfers to visit Mauritius and play their great courses … the only thing to consider is getting your golf game into shape before you touch down at Mauritius International Airport.
Air Mauritius has recently increased flights from Australia to Mauritius to 3 per week. Departing Perth at lunchtime, and arriving at your Mauritian resort in time for dinner is a great way to start your Mauritian golfing experience.
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