Here’s an interesting Q&A that may see you win a prize at your next golf day quiz:
- Question: Which country, in 1844, became only the third in the world to be introduced to golf?
- Answer: Mauritius
Who knew? Did you? Well, what we do know at Beach Travel is that the British were on to something good all those years back.
The game was first played on the island 172 years ago by the officers of the British military on the grounds of the military base at Vacoas, known today as the Mauritius Gymkhana Club (MGC), according to the club’s website. From records available at the war office the MGC was the fourth country club in the world where golf was played.
If you’re a passionate golfer, Mauritius luxury golf holidays are a perfect way to enjoy a game on a spectacular course with the azure blue Indian Ocean as your backdrop. For one of the most exciting golfing holidays, book a stay at the Beachcomber Paradis Hotel & Golf Club.
The course at Paradis is set against the backdrop of majestic mountains, with the fairways and greens curling along the shoreline of a spectacular bay.
This August, bring your family along as you put your skills to the test at the Paradis Golf Challenge, with flights and accommodation prizes up for grabs.
Here are our top five reasons to pack your clubs and head off to the first tee:
- 1) Spoilt for choice
Since the early days of British rule, Mauritius has become an ultimate golf destination for any golfer. There is an amazingly high number of golf courses dotted all over the island, ranging from basic 9-hole courses to world class championship courses with 18 holes designed by leading golfers such as Ernie Els, Bernard Langer and David Leadbetter.
There are no fewer than six 18-hole championship courses for keen golfers to play, including the Legend Golf Course at Constance Belle Mare Plage, which is home to the MCB Tour championship. Golfers at Paradis and Dinarobin may also choose to play two other 18-hole golf courses, each with different atmospheres. Paradis has signed reciprocal agreements with golf courses located in the island’s southern region, The Heritage Golf Club and at Tamarina Golf Estate.
- 2) Lower your handicap
Mauritius offers a fantastic opportunity for golfers to improve all the aspects of their game. Guests are welcome to take group or individual lessons at the Paradis Golf Club academy, designed with the assistance of French pro Dominique Larretche, or the Marc Farry Golf Academy. Private coaching by professionals assists beginners and seasoned golfers to improve their technique, building on their strengths and pinpointing their weaknesses. You’ll pick up some essential skills to improve your handicap, from improving your grip to adjusting your posture, ball position and alignment.
- 3) Play and stay in luxury
Mauritius is home to plenty of luxury resorts and hotels that cater to all budgets and requirements. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly resort or a luxury boutique hotel, Mauritius has something for everyone. Most of the resorts are located near the water, providing easy access, iconic ocean views and all the essential amenities that one could hope from a world-class destination. If you are looking for outstanding luxury family holidays in Mauritius, look no further than Paradis Hotel & Golf Club. One of the finest luxury hotels in Mauritius, Paradis enjoys a superb location on the island’s south-western tip.
- 4) Eat like a pro
Most of the resorts and hotels in Mauritius offer a wide variety of amazing cuisine. You will get a chance to experience different types of delicious and delectable dishes. African, Asian and many other cuisine styles are combined with exotic spices, fresh seafood, organic produce and other delicious treats that are sure to tantalise your taste buds at every meal.
- 5) And when you’re done with your round . . .
Travellers also have the opportunity to visit the island’s lush, green interior which provides a host of sports for those who fancy a day away from the course. Canyoning, mountain biking, horse-riding and zip-lining are among some of the favourite outdoor land sports on offer. Mauritius is a safe and secure destination for the family.
So if you’re looking to hone your skills or simply take in the majestic views from the many golf courses on the island, a golfing holiday in Mauritius offers an exciting experience in beautiful natural setting – just stay clear of the bushes, bunkers and water hazards!
Click here to find out more about the Paradis Golf Challenge package that offers some exciting deals and prizes