Challenging but rewarding, with outstanding views, the three Constance Hotels & Resorts golf courses are among the finest in the Indian Ocean. What will be your favourite golfing moment?
Designed in 1994 by Rodney Wright and Peter Allis, the Legend championship golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage is located along one of the finest beaches on the island. Offering a tough technical challenge to both professionals and amateurs alike, its tree-lined fairways are laid within a deeply forested former hunting reserve, where water hazards feature at many of the holes. Whatever your ability, you’re sure to come away with some amazing moments to remember.
If you do well here, you’ll be laughing for the rest of the game as this 389 metre, par 4 hole is the most difficult on the course. The only solution is a very straight drive to avoid the water hazards and to set up a challenging long iron to a well protected green.
Long hitter? Then you’ll love this 457 metre, par 5 hole. It may not quite be the longest on the course, but it does have a very lengthy carry over water to an elevated fairway. A great risk and reward hole.
It’s the one everyone talks about – our signature par 3, 152 metre 17th hole, with spectacular views overlooking the mountains and ocean. A mid to short iron over water will send the ball to an undulating green flanked by two bunkers. The trickiest part is not to 3 putt.
Links Golf Course is Constance Belle Mare Plage’s second championship 18-hole golf course. Opened in 2002 and also designed by Wright and Allis, the challenging course is equipped with a practice fairway and has its own golf academy with professional and qualified instructors. With stunning panoramic views, its best moments can be sampled at any number of holes. Here’s our pick of the best.
If you’re fond of a challenge then this par 3, 146 metre hole is for you. Playing much longer than its length, the hole is straight up hill and with three levels it’s one of the trickiest greens on the course.
Another tough but beautiful par 4 hole, where a good drive is needed to clear the uphill section of the fairway. Your second shot needs to avoid the water on the right hand side and the large tree on the left side of the green.
A par 4 on this lovely final hole will see you happily into the Clubhouse. This 362 metre semi-blind tee shot should be left of centre to leave a clear second shot over water to the home green.
Lémuria Golf Course, Seychelles
Designed by Marc Antoine Farry and Rodney Wright in 2002, Lémuria Golf Course remains the only 18 hole course in the Seychelles. The par 70 course is a challenging prospect for all levels of golfers due to its elevated tees, wide fairways and water hazards. Surrounded at the start by palm trees and mangroves, the course soon opens out to some extraordinary views. It could be said that every moment is worth savouring here, but there are still a few standouts.
Lots of power and accuracy are needed for the exhilarating par 4, 386 metre 4th hole. Hitting due north, the tee shot must seek out the fairway flanked by large forest trees yet avoid the lake on the right hand side.
Described as the most intimidating hole at Lémuria, this short par 3 is certain to linger in the memory, both for its natural beauty and the challenge it offers. Elevated tees are shelves into the side slopes of Cap Jean-Marie from where players assess the hole across enormous boulder outcrops. Tee shots must carry the mangroves to reach the fairway.
Possibly the most spectacular hole in all of the Indian Ocean, the 151-metre par 3 15th is Lémuria’s claim to fame. The tees are perched high on a rocky ridge, and if you’re wondering where the green is, you’ll find it at the bottom of a valley on the other side of a remarkable 50-metre drop.
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