Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Hats Off -

The Legend course at Belle Mare Plage was the first 18-hole re­sort/es­tate course built in Mau­ri­tius and re­mains one of the most beau­ti­ful and chal­leng­ing lay­outs you’ll find on the is­land. From the time it opened in 1994 it has been host to ei­ther the Mau­ri­tius Open or MCB Open/Tour Champs. Ho­tel guests are spoilt for choice at Belle Mare Plage with two good cour­ses to play. The Legend is a short walk from ho­tel room to the first tee, and the Links is a five-minute drive. Guests have free ac­cess to both cour­ses dur­ing their stay.

The Legend course has a South African con­nec­tion in its ori­gin. The Con­stance group – with ho­tels in Mau­ri­tius, Sey­chelles, Mal­dives and Mada­gas­car – hired Dur­ban ar­chi­tect Alan Barnard to de­sign the course. He and part­ner Tony Falk­son helped shape the short but de­mand­ing lay­out from thick for­est and swampy ter­rain. Hugh Baioc­chi was the star name player as­so­ci­ated with the project, and has sub­se­quently re­ceived the ac­claim as course de­signer.

The short 17th ( bot­tom left of main pic­ture) is the sig­na­ture hole, a par 3 on a rocky islet on a la­goon where vol­canic rock was blasted down to ac­com­mo­date the large green.

The Legend Course at Con­stance Belle Mare Plage.

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