La Réserve Golf Links: Pure Golfing Drama

Crafted along the south-western shores of Mauritius, Heritage Golf Club, part of Heritage Resorts, is one of the world’s most sought-after golf destinations. For discerning golfers, there's a new gem at this World Top 25 Golf Resort: La Réserve Golf Links.

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Mon, 12 Feb 2024
La Réserve Golf Links: Pure Golfing Drama

Let's take a closer look at the defining features of the first and only contemporary links course in the Indian Ocean, co-designed by Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen.

Challenging Layout

La Réserve Golf Links has been co-designed by acclaimed course architect Peter Matkovich, known for creating some of the world's most iconic golf courses, with the links expertise of Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen.

The 18-hole championship layout is designed to challenge golfers of all skill levels. With a par of 72, the course spans over 6,570 meters, with each hole offering multiple tee positions to provide challenging yet enjoyable experiences for golfers of any ability.

For seasoned players looking to test their game, tee it up on Louis’ back ‘57 tees’ if you dare and take on the challenge that faced competitors at the DP World Tour’s 2023 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

The course features wide fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and undulating greens, which require precise shot-making and strategic thinking. The layout is designed to take advantage of the natural landscape, providing a variety of holes that will test golfers' skills while offering stunning views of the surrounding scenery.

Links-Inspired Design

One of the standout features of the course is its links-style design, a rare find in the Mauritius golf landscape, giving it a distinctive character that sets it apart from other golf courses on the island.

It incorporates elements of traditional links courses, with tightly-mown, firm and fast fairways, long links-style grasses, pot bunkers, undulating greens, run-off areas and natural hazards, promoting strategic ‘along-the-ground’ play typical of the world’s great links courses.

Unique Features

Set against a backdrop of lush tropical vegetation and the rolling Savanne mountain range, La Réserve Golf Links boasts several unique features – including panoramic views over tropical bays, sandy beaches and the Indian Ocean that are visible on every tee and green.

Golfers will descend a dramatic 200m elevation change from the first tee, the highest point on the course, to the Clubhouse, captivated by the never-ending views of the course and ocean.

Adding to the unique playing experience, the back nine features three Par-3’s, three Par-4’s and three Par-5’s, two holes have split fairways, four holes have dramatic infinity greens, and the tricky 14th has a bunker strategically placed on the green, patiently waiting to seize any errant approach shots.

Signature Holes

‘For a traditional links feel’

Hole #17 

This wonderful Par-3 is inspired by Waterville, Ireland’s 12th, called the ‘Mass Hole’, which takes its name from an area surrounded by dunes where locals used to celebrate mass, baptisms and weddings. This cute but cunning short Par-3 has the ability to hurt a scorecard with a slightly errant tee shot.

‘For epic ocean vistas’

Hole #3

One of the holes at La Réserve Golf Links that gets all the attention thanks to its elevated position which commands breath-taking and panoramic vistas of the Indian Ocean beyond. Once the photographs have been taken, this hole represents a great birdie chance, but that’s after you’ve navigated the precision tee shot that is required. A short iron to the elevated ‘infinity’ green is all that’s required, but don’t go long!

‘Experience ‘infinity greens’

Hole #11 

La Réserve has some beautiful Par-3s but the 11th is the longest, and arguably the most challenging. Like so many of the vistas on offer while you play, the 11th commands some stunning views of the bay beyond and the ocean to the right.

Hand-in-Hand with Nature

Inspired by the wild open spaces of the great seaside links, La Réserve Golf Links plays hand-in-hand with nature, mindful of its location alongside a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Former sugar cane fields have been sensitively planted with native grasses to create rich rolling grasslands, encouraging ecological diversity, maintained by a state-of-the-art irrigation systems and sustainable water management practices. Every step has been carefully monitored, contributing towards its GEO Certified Development status, the global standard for sustainable course design.

World-Class Amenities

La Réserve Golf Links, alongside its sister course Le Château, offers a range of world-class amenities to enhance the golfing experience of its visitors.

Its clubhouse, designed in a contemporary style by the famous French architect Florent Richard, blends harmoniously into its natural environment and features luxurious locker rooms, professional shop, Members-only area, restaurant serving delectable local fare and a one-of-a-kind green roof terrace.

Golfers can also take advantage of the practice facilities, including a three-tier driving range, 18-hole putting green, and chipping areas to hone their skills before taking on the Indian Ocean’s first and only contemporary links.

Spectacular Setting

For golfers, friends and families, Heritage Golf Club is the only 45-hole golf destination in the Indian Ocean, located within the luxury Heritage Resorts. Golfers can enjoy accommodation at the resorts’ two five-star beach hotels – Heritage Le Telfair and Heritage Awali – with access to the beach club, restaurants and bars, spa and much more, offering a rare opportunity to experience world-class golf and create memorable moments in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

A complimentary round on La Réserve Golf Links is included as part of the Gourmet Bliss package for guests staying at Heritage Le Telfair or Heritage The Villas and on the Premium All-Inclusive package for those staying at Heritage Awali. All guests staying at Heritage Resorts will have the option to play La Réserve Golf Links at green fee rates, as well as experience the Indian Ocean’s Best Golf Course, Le Château Golf Course.

Access to this golfing gem is reserved exclusively for Heritage Golf Club members, their guests and Heritage Resorts residents. Your privileged invitation to play one of the world’s most exciting new courses awaits.