As if perfectly maintained courses with 5* service in exotic locations isn’t enough, here are 6 more reasons to play golf in the Indian Ocean.
1. Tee-off from a hilltop location in Seychelles to a green far below
The 15th hole on the stunning 18-hole Lémuria course at Constance Lémuria, Praslin is one of the most dramatic in the Indian Ocean. Having climbed steadily from the 13th through jungle-clad hills in a series of terraced greens the course reaches its pinnacle at the 15th. From a mountain-top tee with views over the beautiful Anse Georgette and the ocean beyond you will tee off into the blue sky as you watch your ball fall to the green more than 50 metres below.
2. The Indian Ocean itself is the hazard on Legends 17th hole
Breathe in the ultimate Indian Ocean golfing experience on the challenging par 3 17th hole on the championship 18-hole Legends course shared by Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice. Tee off across an ocean inlet to a tricky green beyond set against views of resting yachts and palm-fringed beaches.
3. Breath-taking views at Links 19th hole
Watch the sun set over the Mauritian mountains on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other from the terrace of Links’ clubhouse The Swing. The perfect way to end a long day on the course, you’ll be met by a valet who will offer you a cold towel while your clubs are cleaned, so you can sit back and enjoy a glass of champagne or a light snack and drink in the breath-taking views.
4. Hazards of mangroves and granite boulders at Lémuria’s 8th
Considered the course’s most challenging hole, as well as one of its most beautiful, the par 3 8th hole is played from elevated tees across water and granite boulders. Tee shots must clear a patch of mangrove forest to stand any chance of reaching the green. A uniquely Seychellois challenge.
5. Playing amidst the wildlife on the Mauritian Legends course
One of the highlights of playing this course for many golfers is the audience of deer, mongooses, rabbits and exotic birds that live on and around the Legends course. While the narrow fairways and numerous water hazards will challenge most golfers, the tranquil natural environment is enough to soothe the frustration of loosing another ball.
6. Volcanic outcrops create a unique hazard on Links course
As if water, sand and trees weren’t enough to keep the game interesting on the Links course hard volcanic outcrops are thrown into the mix to create a challenging hazard. On the par 5 2nd hole golfers are dared to make a blind shot over a volcanic mound to get around in 2 shots. On the par 5 6th hole the hole is tantalisingly protected by a large volcanic outcrop.