Designed by the great South African champion Hugh Baiocchi in 1994, the Legend golf course is one of two 18-hole tracks at the Belle Mare Plage resort, which is located on the east coast of Mauritius.
Set within a heavily wooded former hunting reserve, where water hazards threaten at many of the holes, the course extends to almost 6,600 yards, which is slightly longer than its sibling, the Links layout.
Fairways, though tree-lined, are generally wide and forgiving and they play to greens that have recently been rebuilt to USGA standard.
Toughest hole on the card is the par four 5th, where water must be avoided to the right of the fairway en route to the green. The signature hole arrives at the spectacular par three 17th, which plays across a small inlet on the seafront at Bras Requin Bay to a tricky green that’s surrounded by sand traps.
Belle Mare Plage has played host to professional and amateur golfers alike since 1994 when they compete in the Mauritius Open. Now named the MCB Tour Championship, the 54-hole finale to the European Senior Tour season is the high point of a week-long programme of golf competition that also features a pro-am tournament and several other amateur events.
Rodney Wright, designer of the resort’s second course (Links), conducted a renovation of the Legend layout in 2016, which included the remodelling of holes #1, #2, #4, #9 and #18. Aquatic hazards now feature on every hole on the card.