As a guest at Long Beach Golf Resort & Spa Mauritius you will have free access to the Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club – one of the most beautiful in Mauritius.
Ile aux Cerfs is a small island off the east coast of Mauritius just a few miles south of Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort; you will be taken by a special shuttle service to the mainland boarding pontoon where a private boat will be waiting to whisk you across the lagoon to the island, just ten minutes away.
Tips from the pros
If you are planning on learning how to play you are unlikely to find a more picturesque location and to make it even more appealing they have high tech equipment and a state of the art, air-conditioned studio in which to practice. There are free Discovery Clinics for beginners and non-golfers every morning at 11.00 for an hour. You may then progress to a private lesson to advance your full swing on the short game, this will cost around MUR 1,400 for a flash 20 minute quick fix or MUR 4,000 for a couple of hours. Alternatively, great fun and progress can be made in the ‘Click on Golf’, new golfer group course which gives a great all-round introduction covering putting, chipping, wedge-play, full-swing and even etiquette.
If you are travelling as a family you can still enjoy the benefits of the golf academy which offers a great family programme with beginners lessons combined with improvers, if you are more advanced. Your group will comprise of no more than 5 people and is of course open to adults and juniors. Expect to pay around MUR 8,900 for three one-hour sessions which cover all the skills of ‘Click on Golf’ above.
One-on-one camera analysis
Wanting to iron out those annoying niggles that are holding your game back? Your flaws will be revealed by camera studio analysis – scary stuff, maybe, but seeing the problem is halfway to solving the problem! The celebrated Dartfish video and computer swing analysis system records your swing on video and plays it back immediately, with two camera angles to reveal all, this is a tried and tested method of speedy correction. A couple of hours will cost you around MUR 7,500.
I’ve nothing to wear!
This standard of golf club does come with a dress code so expect to conform. Golf shoes with soft spikes are compulsory along with a shirt with collar, tailored trousers and Bermuda shorts; you won’t be able to play in jeans, beach or tennis wear or trainers so if you plan on playing it may be worth investing before you travel. Alternatively there’s a golf shop at the club where you’ll have no difficulty getting smartly kitted out – and remember your purchases are all duty-free!
This magnificent course covers 38 hectares on the southern half of Ile aux Cerf Island. You will find holes snaking up and down the length of the island over naturally undulating terrain, volcanic rocky outcrops, nine lakes, and gullies as well as an abundance of lush tropical trees and plants. The ocean is visible from pretty much everywhere and coupled with sun-kissed white sand bunkers you are constantly reminded of your location. As water is a dominant feature of the course it challenges you with three tee shots across sea inlets and the front nine holes were upgraded in 2013 for an even better golfing experience.
Known as the Mangrove, hole 7 is a 432 yard/par 4 and an accurate tee shot is essential on this left to right dogleg, to land you in an ideal position for your approach shot. As you play your second and third then onto the green be charmed by the tides slipping in and out of the playing area.
The long 11th plays directly at the sea with views of the mountains hovering on your upper eyeline. Play a safe tee to the right-angled dogleg then left with a comfortable second towards the expansive fairway and hopefully a final, confident third to the large green – a signature hole.
The ultimate challenge, however is perhaps the glorious 18th which, at 410yards and a feisty par 4 the mangroves must be carried on the tee shot and again on the approach – a par on this hole deserves at least a spa treatment when you get back to Long Beach!
Return for banter.....
Your 10-minute boat trip and shuttle will take you safely back to Long Beach where we recommend you head for Tides Bar overlooking the huge freeform pool and beach. What better place to relax with a Mauritian rum cocktail, reliving each shot as you plan your next visit – tomorrow maybe?
....And a little pampering
Sea Spa at Long Beach is an other-worldly haven, punctuated with lava rock walls, gardens and water. Situated in a very peaceful area of the resort it advocates the French concept of Thali Sens based on the riches of the marine environment and in particular, seaweed to enhance treatments and therapies. On this occasion we’d recommend the Golf Tonic, a 60 minute massage which uses the power of touch to release any tension you may have from your day on the green. You can of course stay awhile, soak in the harmonious ambience and decide which tempting treatment should finish off your next game!