MARE PLAGE HOTEL & GOLF RESORT
concept of a Resort and a Championship Golf Course in harmony. The
Belle Mare Plage Golf Hotel & Resort in Mauritius has succeeded
in its ambition to achieve this concept. This 178-room Resort replies
to the tourists developing needs by offering a high level of sport
and spare time activities on an area of 75 hectares that lies along
one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.
Golf Course, the first of its kind on the island, opening in early
1994, is the crowning achievement of the action undertaken during
the last two years by the Constance Group, owner and manager of
the Belle Mare Plage Golf Hotel & Resort. The
Belle Mare Plage Golf Course is a Championship standard layout featuring
18 holes each very different, exciting and challenging.
was carved out of bush covered volcanic rock in some areas and shaped
over low lying flood plains in others. Accuracy
down the indigenous tree and bush lined fairway is the main challenge
culminating in large, receptive greens set in superbly natural backdrops.
hole is the par 3, 160 yard 17th with its spectacular views from
the tee across the sparkling waters of the bay, tucked in around
the headland from the Indian Ocean, surrounding the island green
perched on an outcrop of volcanic rock.
- Par 4 - 320 yds/293 m - S.I. 17
An easy short
par 4 to begin with but care must be taken with the drive as there
is water on both sides of the wide fairway. Most players may elect
to play a 1 iron or a 3 wood which will still only leave them a
short iron shot to the green. This is a very real chance to start
the round off with a birdie.
- Par 4 - 375 yds/343 m - S.I. 3
drive is required to a right dogleg tree lined fairway. The pin
position will determine the real difficulty of the hole as the green
is guarded by two large bunkers and a lake on the right to catch
the stray second shot.
- Par 3 - 164 yds/150 m - S.I. 7
With the prevailing
wind against and a large sloping green a good club selection will
be needed to ensure an easy par.
- Par 5 - 553 yds/506 m - S.I. 9
A birdie chance
for the big hitters. The hole can be shortened by keeping the ball
as far left as possible but beware of the water that protects both
sides of the fairway. The green is protected by three bunkers but
a chip and a putt for the birdie are very possible.
- Par 4 - 425 yds/389 m - S.I. 1
By far the
most difficult hole on the course. A very straight drive is the
only solution to avoid the water hazards and to set up a challenging
long iron to a well protected green.
- Par 5 - 495 yds/453 m - S.I. 15
forward driving hole with water protecting the right-hand side of
the fairway from the tee. The green can be made in two but there
is very little landing area and three bunkers lie in wait for the
attempted shot. Normally a safe second with an iron played short
of the green and a good pitch is the safest way to try and make
- Par 3 - 219 yds/200 m - S.I. 5
This is the
most challenging par 3 on the course. Normally against the wind
a one iron or a 3 wood will be needed to make the green which is
protected both sides by a bunker.
- Par 4 - 390 yds/357 m - S.I. 13
A fairly easy
hole that only demands a tee shot to the left-hand side of the fairway
to have an easier line into the green. This is definitely a birdie
- Par 4 - 376 yds/344 m - S.I. 11
A fairly short
hole but it needs to be taken seriously. A good drive will only
leave a short approach but to an elevated green. Any ball missing
the putting surface will leave the player faced with a bunker, water
or the negotiation of a difficult slope.
- Par 4 - 367 yds/336 m - S.I. 12
dogleg hole is protected by a pond on the right and a bunker on
the left at the bend in the fairway. Once the tee shot has been
negotiated, there is definite birdie chance.
- Par 3 - 166 yds/152 m - S.I. 14
is water between the tee and the green, the real difficulty will
be the large, challenging, undulating green set into the trees.
A well-judged tee shot will be the only way to make the par easier.
- Par 4 - 398 yds/364 m - S.I. 14
driver in the bag will be the best solution on this most attractive
par 4. A well-positioned long iron or 3 wood will leave you a mid
to short iron over the water to a large but narrow green.
- Par 5 - 500 yds/457 m - S.I. 6
hole for the long hitters. Although not the longest par 5 on the
course, it does have a very long carry over water to an elevated
fairway. The fairway narrows as it approaches the green with a bunker
guarding the right-had side. It is not really advisable to play
for the green in two but to play with caution by laying up short
and trying for the birdie with a good chip.
- Par 4 - 411 yds/376 m - S.I. 2
This is a very
tight drive with a bunker ready to catch the more ambitious player.
Keeping the ball on the fairway is the secret to this hole that
turns up the hill to the right leaving a medium iron shot to the
green. Two bunkers keep guard at this difficult sloping green.
- Par 4 - 375 yds/343 m - S.I. 10
The tee shot
again is very important at this hole. There is a large tree situated
on the corner of this left-hand dogleg which demands a long drive
or one that has found the right-hand side of the fairway. The green
is slightly angled to the left to the player so make sure you hit
enough club for the second shot. Keep an eye out for the water.
- Par 4 - 377 yds/345 m - S.I. 18
forward par 4 that will always be regarded as a birdie opportunity.
It has a most attractive teeing area that is surrounded by water
and gives a marvelous example of the courses’ characteristics.
- Par 3 - 166 yds/152 m - S.I. 16
A most spectacular
par 3 with views overlooking the mountains and the sea. A mid to
short iron over water will send the ball off to a large undulating
green guarded by two bunkers. The hardest part of this hole is not
to 3 putt.
- Par 5 - 522 yds/477 m - S.I. 8
A most challenging
finishing hole. This dogleg par 5 demands a good long straight drive,
preferably kept to the right-hand side of the fairway. Still, after
that, it will require a lot of courage, even for the boldest of
players, to attempt the green in two. The large green which is set
on a peninsular just below the clubhouse, is protected by three
bunkers, one of which is set behind the green to catch the over
hit shot. All the trials and tribulations can be easily seen from
the bar and restaurant.