Anahita - Mauritius

Anahita Golf & Spa Resort,
Beau Champ,
Grande Rivière Sud Est 40901,
Mauritius


  • +230 402 2200

  • Golf Club Website

  • 30 miles E of Port Louis

  • Welcome, must have a valid playing handicap

  • M. Dominique Di Daniel

  • Ernie Els

  • Kevy Mohun

Situated within a very large 530-acre property on the east coast of Mauritius, between the hilly interior and the sparkling Indian Ocean, the golf course at Anahita Golf & Spa Resort was constructed to USGA standard in 2008 by Ernie Els in association with Ciel Properties.

Ernie set out generously proportioned fairways on a former sugar plantation in two distinct loops of nine, incorporating some old dry-stone walls and a links-like stream into the layout.

Six of the holes occupy oceanfront settings, with the final three fairways hugging the rugged coastline back to the clubhouse.

“One of the strengths of this golf course is we were able to maximize the visual impact of the surrounding scenery, but at the same time preserve the coastline's natural beauty,” commented Ernie. “The hole routings move in and out of the trees, along the water, and back, giving players great variety and magnificent views of the ocean.”

The course hosted the AfrAsia Golf Masters as an end of season event between 2010 and 2014 when a large number of professional and amateur players participated in a week-long series of competitions. Nicolas Colsaerts won the inaugural tournament, with Max Orrin of England winning the 5th edition at Anahita. In 2015 a new tri-sanctioned tournament (AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open) was conceived and relocated to the Heritage Golf Club before returning to Anahita Golf & Spa Resort in 2016.

Wang Jeung-hun from South Korea won that event by one stroke from the Bangladesh professional Siddikur Rahman then the tournament reverted back to Heritage for one edition before returning in 2018, with Kurt Kitayama from the United States claimimg a 2-stroke victory over his nearest rivals.

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Description: Anahita Golf & Spa Resort hosted five editions of the Afrasia Golf Masters beginning in 2010, when a large number of professional and amateur players participated in a week-long series of competitions. Rating: 7.5 out of 10 Reviews: 2
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Tim Elliott

Ernie Els has designed Anahita over a large expanse of gently undulating land adjoining the Indian Ocean. The course is in many ways similar to his first solo design at Oubaai near to his family home in the Western Cape of South Africa.

Anahita is a big course with plenty of space off the tee and it’s major challenge arises from astute bunkering and difficult green complexes.

At 7500 yards from the Championship tees, it could be said that Anahita is a monster, but with the White tee boxes at 7000, Yellow at 6700 and Blue at 6150 yards, there is a tee box to suit all. I struggled from the Yellows as the well-grassed fairways permitted little roll, but found that the Blues presented a fair test. In my view, a realistic selection of your tee for the round is critical to your enjoyment of Anahita.

The course starts with four good length holes of which the par five 4th playing towards the ocean is the best, before a tricky par three at 5 reinforces the tricky nature of the layout. Honest challenges await from then on with the closing stretch from 13 right out of the top drawer.

13 is a well-bunkered uphill par five, whereas 14 unusually plays to a split fairway with a old-looking stone wall down the middle. Two impressive par fours follow, 15 is a dogleg right to a well-protected green and 16 a swinging dogleg left to a raised green that requires a very delicate pitch shot if you miss the target. For the low handicap player a long approach is required to hold onto what seems like a pimple of a green. 17 is similar to a hole of the same number at Oubaai, a short hole with a stunning ocean backdrop and a difficult putting surface. The finishing hole is an outstanding par five with a collection of bunkers across the middle of the fairway seriously examining your second shot. And even then the pitch onto a long narrow green with bunkers left and right requires absolute precision.

Despite a lack of spectacular holes, Anahita is a wonderful technical test that can be appreciated by both good and less good golfers. The big greens are undulating with few easy putts, conditioning throughout is immaculate, the golfing tests are plainly set out and the player needs to display an all-round competence with all clubs if he is to play to handicap.

February 09, 2022
7 / 10
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Tom Garvey

Cracking holiday / resort golf course. Wide fairways made for a forgiving experience off the tee, though the course is well protected by challenging (often elevated, with steep banks) green complexes.

Particularly memorable finish - short Par 3 17th towards a green that is framed by a backdrop of turquoise ocean, followed by the Par 5 18th which runs parallel to the coast, and finishes with a characteristically difficult approach shot to a narrow green, flanked by a large bunker that runs into the beach!

January 11, 2022
8 / 10
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