Today we’re going to discuss a round at The Links Golf Course which is one of two courses at Constance Bell Mare Plage Resort in Mauritius. It was perfect weather and what could be best described as one of the most enjoyable rounds I’ve had in sometime. On this day there wasn’t anyone in front of us for a few holes, we had a cooler filled with an assortment of drinks and a challenging golf course just waiting to be played You really had to place your shots and the views in some spots, particularly from the driving range were superb…
The course is part of the Constance Bell Mare Plage Resort which is conveniently situated along the side the sea as the name suggests. It’s one of two golf courses at this resort, the other being The Legend Golf Course. Both courses are 18 holes and The Links Course was built in 2002 and measures 5942M from the blues which is roughly 6500 yards in length. It’s also no surprise that it is one of the locations for the MCB Tour Championship and the final stage of the European Senior Tour.
I was teamed up with a gent named Andre who was a very skilled player and we breezed through 18 holes on a picture perfect day sharing countless laughs along the way. Several tees offer a stellar view of the surrounding area and the course really throws everything at you from bunkers, elevation, water hazards, narrow fairways, dog legs and well guarded greens. That said, it was also a relatively fair course and if one were so inclined, could usually find a safe way to the pin to minimize risk.
I had a solid round striking the ball very well and got a par on the hardest hole of the course but not much else of note thanks to a cold putter. Something worth mentioning is that it had lots of very intimidating tee shots for those who aren’t the most comfortable with their long game. If you didn’t take a good swing and make solid contact, your hole could be finished before it even started. You’d also really have to ponder the whole risk vs reward equation on most holes which made things extra interesting.
The back nine has considerably more water than the front and even on the holes where you think it should be easy, there is something that can give you trouble. I was lucky enough to fit in a little over a round and a half the day I golfed there and had I not been getting picked up at 2:30, could have easily squeezed in 36. After the first round I stopped in the clubhouse for lunch and a drink at the 19th hole which offers some superb views as well.
Not only did I have a great round of golf but the gent I played with was gregarious and quite skilled; he also shared a few solid tips. Those tips have already saved me a few strokes around the greens on some of my more recent rounds. Above all else, golf is a social sport so the camaraderie you enjoy on the links is definitely on par in my opinion to the course itself when evaluating the experience as a whole…
In closing, this #MyMauritius blog trip was created and managed by the fine people at iambassador and AHRIM in association with the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority and Air Mauritius. I’d like to thank them for the invitation to partake in this campaign; I had an incredible time.