Cherry-picking the best places to play on the planet.
Selling the Seychelles as a destination worth visiting is one of the easier jobs in life. Surely, we assume, you just issue a press release, write ‘The Seychelles’ in a large font at the top of the page and include a photograph of one of the sunkissed islands that make up this paradise in the Indian Ocean. Then hit ‘send’. Job done.
With only a single 18-hole golf course to its name, however, selling the Seychelles as a golfing destination has never been quite as easy. But what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality.
Confirmation of that will come later this year when the grand finale of the Staysure Tour – formerly the European Senior Tour – arrives at the Seychelles’ only 18-hole course, Constance Lemuria on Praslin island, pictured here in all of its beguiling beauty.
The players who tee it up should be as dazzled by Rodney Wright’s layout as they will be the island as a whole. Routed up and down rolling hills and cut through tropical forests and mangroves, Wright’s creation has been in existence since 2000. And for 18 glorious years, those who have played the course have lost their breath to the par-3 15th.
Short but spectacular, framed by the beautiful white sand of Anse Georgette and the crystalblue waters beyond, you’ll tee it up on a rocky ridge and set your sights on a green in the valley some 50 metres below, guarded by a lone bunker front-left. Judged correctly, it sets you up to attack Lemuria’s closing three holes. Misjudge it and you’re in trouble, and possibly the jungle behind the green.
If anything on the property comes close to that experience on 15, it’s the final hole. A par-5 of 517 yards, it attempts to seduce you with more paradise postcard views from an elevated tee before the fairway snakes off into the distance, hugged by trees to the left and water down the right.
It’s a dramatic denouement that will test even the Staysure Tour’s best this December, and test you at the earliest opportunity.
Stay at the Constance Lemuria Resort and the course is free as many times as time allows, which only adds to the experience. Stay elsewhere and console yourself with the fact that it might not be free, but you’ve found paradise.