From across the globe those with a passion for the game of golf will be invited to participate in their sport in a paradise setting. The name of the island is Mauritius and the special event is the Iron Golf Amateur Tournament. If you have aspirations to travel and see the world through the medium of your favourite sport, then have your bags packed and your passport ready because the tournament gets underway in March 2014.
The best luxury golf resorts
Mauritius should top your list if you are keen to find some of the best luxury golf resorts in the world. The conditions in this part of the Indian Ocean border on perfection and there are some well designed and challenging courses to experience. The views out to sea will take your breath away allowing time to pause and admire the handsome quality of this sporting landscape.
Situated near the Tropic of Capricorn, Mauritius has a sub-tropical climate that does not suffer from a monsoon season. Conditions are good for most of the year; the cyclone season occurs between January and February - for the remaining ten months Mauritius can be considered golf nirvana. The Iron Golf Tour takes place mid-summer and will see temperatures average out at 30 degrees.
Amateur golf competition
There are 7 stunning courses to be enjoyed for the duration of the ten day trip: four courses on the East Coast of Mauritius and three on the West Coast. If we take a look at three of the courses on offer we can see what makes the Iron Golf Tour such a mouth-watering prospect for the amateur sportsman.
Le Touessrok Golf Course is situated on the Ile aux Cerfs on the East Coast, designed by a man who should know a thing or two about the sport – Bernhard Langer.
Attainable only by water taxi across a coral lagoon and on its very own tropical island, this course meanders through a picturesque mangrove forest teeming with wildlife and dazzling tropical scenery. The course oozes quality as it hugs the coastline, traversing volcanic outcrops and tidal pools before evolving into sub-tropical fairways flanked by pearlescent beaches in sharp contrast to the azure seas.
This is no fantasy island however. Langer set out to design a course that is a constant challenge, even to the very experienced, so you will need to remain focused throughout – lest the stunning scenery divert your attention from the memorable challenges ahead. Pay close attention to the 9th and the 18th designed to test the accuracy of your long drive game. Playing directly for the hole may not always be the best option.
The tournament also includes Legend Golf Course first unveiled in 1994, a slender challenge closely guarded by imposing native woodland. At times you will find it hard to accept you are just a few steps from the sea, until you alight on the coastal 3rd that will have you constantly assessing the condition of the trade winds that caress these beautiful shores. But the standout hole is the 17th par 3 where the tee is perched atop a volcanic spit with vertiginous views across the island. Velvet fairways and manicured greens abound, made to USPGA standards and will create a lasting impression. If you can keep your head, this course will prove incredibly rewarding.
The course architect is Hugh Biaocchi, the South African champion who wanted to create an environment that tests the resolve of amateurs and professionals alike. If there is one course that is going stretch the imagination of the improving amateur, this is it. The course was built on former hunting ground – so let’s hope you won’t have to employ similar methods to find your ball if it falls by the wayside.
Carved out from the wild landscape between the mountains and the sea is the Tamarina Golf Estate, so called because of the abundance of Tamarind trees that flank the course. The model for architect Rodney Wright was to take full advantage of the rugged landscape by modelling the course on the rolling savannahs of Africa. The course was duly completed in 2007 to the latest USPGA recommendations and sits majestically in the lee of Mount Rempart, bordered by the lush aspect of Tamarin Bay.
Each hole creates a narrative that perfectly exemplifies the ability of the sport to have such an indelible effect on your personal journey through the course. Some of the best greens in Mauritius are to be found here, while the pioneering use of ultra-dwarf Bermuda grass enhances the experience throughout.
5 star hotels with stunning golf courses
As you can see there is a rich selection of character-driven courses on Mauritius that is only matched by a plethora of world beating luxury golf hotels. On the East Coast of Mauritius your base will be the luxury golf resort Long Beach, a contemporary establishment that continually strives for excellence, pushing the boundaries above and beyond its 5 star rating. On the West Coast all your needs will be met at the ambient La Pirogue resort, set in 14 hectares of calming tropical gardens. The accommodation is styled upon traditional Mauritian architecture that delights the eye at every turn, peering out from swaying palm trees directly on the beach.
These two hotels form the axis on which the Iron Golf 2014 Tournament is set. They host an incredible range of attractions, delivering tempting off-piste activities for all non-golfers in your party, plus magical opportunities to explore this island paradise.
The idea is that you enjoy the entirety of your golf holiday in Mauritius. Although there are seven golf courses involved in the tournament, it is worth noting that you will also have five days of freedom to explore other pleasures in this idyllic paradise.
An important factor to remember is the friendly nature of the tournament –there is little point entering if you don’t wish to compete – however this is a beautiful holiday destination in a laid-back corner of the world where island culture and outstanding service collide.
The non-golfers in your party should expect their high standards will be met and plenty of quality time to spend together. There is no better place to achieve this dream than on Mauritius. There are a whole range of different activities to do from sailing on the Indian Ocean to scuba diving in crystal clear lagoons. Some of the best spas in the world can be found close by and the food in Mauritius is in a league of its own. In this respect the island is a leading destination for those who love the sport of golf and for people who are seeking the best holiday experience possible.
Golf Holiday Package
The Iron Golf Tour (March 21st to April 2nd)
- Golfer Package: from £2770
- Non-golfer package: from £815
- Single room supplement: from £665
These prices also include:
- Hotel and airport transfers as well as transfers to and from golf courses
- Accommodation for 10 nights in standard double room with sea views
- The accommodation is on half board including drinks at dinner
- Welcome cocktails
- Cocktail and gala dinner arrangements
- 7 green fees, practice balls and golf carts on the 7 golf courses of the competition
- The Tee-gifts and award ceremony
- Supervision (Coaching) of GOLFMAURICE.COM throughout your entire stay in Mauritius during the tournament
What the price does not include:
- Lunches and drinks during meals
- Single room supplement
- Optional excursions
- Personal extras (telephone, paying activities at the hotel etc)
- Insurance assistance, repatriation & cancellation
Optional transport details:
- Air transportation from Paris CDG economy class (690 € per person in economy class)
- Business class option,
- Airport taxes (€ 461 per person so far)
- Air Travel from the UK can be arranged by specialist operators such as Air Mauritius or British Airways
West Coast La Pirogue stage:
- Paradis Golf Club
- Heritage Golf Course
- Tamarina Golf Club
East Coast Long Beach stage:
- Links Golf Course
- Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita
- Legend Golf Course
- Touessrok Golf Course
Every golfer dreams of playing of playing in beautiful golf resorts around the world. There is no better opportunity or location to improve your game and experience the golf holiday of a lifetime.