Ile aux Cerfs, Mau­ri­tius

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A land of clear-blue seas, white­sandy beaches and tow­er­ing moun­tains, Ile aux Cerfs is one of the few places on the planet de­serv­ing of the term ‘par­adise’, even be­fore you fac­tor in the golf course.

Spread across 87 hectares of un­touched land off the east coast of Mau­ri­tius, the is­land is famed for those white, sandy beaches, its turquoise la­goons and the sort of high-grade re­sorts and restau­rants you as­so­ciate with par­adise is­lands.

The main at­trac­tion and star of the show, how­ever, is the Bern­hard Langer Sig­na­ture golf course that snakes up and down the south­ern half of the is­land. Blessed with an un­du­lat­ing to­pog­ra­phy, vol­canic rock out­crops, lakes and gul­lies, plus a wide va­ri­ety of trop­i­cal trees and plants, it’s fair to say Herr Langer has had harder days at the of­fice.

As you’d ex­pect, Ile aux Cerfs GC fea­tures sig­nif­i­cant bod­ies of wa­ter. All 18 holes have views of the In­dian Ocean, some com­ing close to the shore, oth­ers of­fer­ing tantalising glimpses through tree clear­ings, while the nine lakes bring wet peril into play at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals.

Ratch­et­ing up the drama nicely, three of the 18 holes re­quire tee shots across sea in­lets, the player’s at­ten­tion split be­tween find­ing the fair­way and the al­most im­pos­si­bly white sand and ridicu­lously turquoise wa­ter. Or­di­nar­ily, dump­ing even a sin­gle golf ball in the wet stuff can elicit feel­ings of rage and re­gret. When you’re play­ing in par­adise, how­ever, not so much.

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