Play golf everyday just close to « Anbalaba » - many choices: Bel Ombre, Paradis, Tamarina... !
If you are a golfing enthusiast, Mauritius is the destination for you. The island boasts eight 18-hole courses and three nine-holes courses, some world-renowned, as well as ideal playing conditions throughout the year. Two of these courses are in Anbalaba’s immediate vicinity. The Bel Ombre Golf Glub, run by the biggest names in the discipline, is a mere 3.5 kilometres away, while the splendid Paradis Golf Course is 10 kilometres to the west.
Excerpt from an article by Romain Schneider, Swing tropical à l’Île Maurice, published by Lefigaro.fr on 18/02/2014
Paysage du Golf de Bel Ombre
Joueur au Golf de Bel Ombre
Paysage du Golf de Bel Ombre
Golf vu du ciel
Heritage Golf Club: A highly technical course
A gem, wedged between the mountains and the Indian Ocean. In 2004, Peter Matkovich, the famous South African architect, designed this course within the confines of the Bel Ombre estate, a 100-hectare former hunting reserve and sugar cane plantation. Clinging to the hillside between mountain and sea, the course offers sublime views of the southern lagoon on the one hand and onto the escarpments of the Black River Gorges National Park on the other. On the 13th green, the course’s highpoint, the exceptional view over the Indian Ocean all but demands a photo break. Two streams dissect the course, spilling into small natural lakes that ensnare golf balls. Watch out for the creek to the right of the green on hole 5, lest you have an unpleasant surprise... The Heritage Golf Club is highly technical but manageable nonetheless, with fairly wide fairways. But if you slice or hook your ball, you can kiss it goodbye - it’s likely to plunge into the mangroves that pepper the course. Long hitters can express themselves to the full here but will need to be precise with their irons. Tackling the greens, the majority of which are elevated and double-plateau, is often a very delicate proposition. Their subtle undulations make them tricky to read when putting.
Paradis Golf Club: A feast for the eyes
It isn’t easy to keep your eyes on the ball when the scenery is this spectacular. The course offers dreamy views of the lagoon and its turquoise waters. Of particular note are the last five holes along the edge of the lagoon, that make you feel like you’re playing in its midst. An idyllic setting and an unforgettable stroll whose high point is probably the 16th hole, a 425-meter par 5 whose green tumbles into the lagoon. Designed in 1992 by Tony Johnstone on a strip of land between the lagoon and the Morne Brabant – a UNESCO World Heritage site in the island’s southwest – this 18-hole course is part of the Beachcomber hotel group. The course winds between flamboyant palm trees, araucarias, banyan trees, date palms, royal palms, casuarinas, tamarind trees and coconut trees. A festival of trees. It is fairly flat and can easily be played on foot. It is not as technical as other neighbouring courses and on is the short side (5,924 meters of the rear starts), making it very accessible and slightly "easier" to play.
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