Ile aux Cerfs - Mauritius

Ile aux Cerfs Golf Course,
Ile aux Cerfs,
Trou d’Eau Douce,
Mauritius


  • +230 402 7720

  • Priscilla Guranna

  • Bernhard Langer

  • Marc Amelot

Reputed to have cost around $11.5 million to construct, the course at Ile aux Cerfs (formerly known as Le Touessrok) is a prestigious IMG layout that bears the Bernhard Langer architectural stamp of approval. Debuting in 2003, it winds its way around the Ile aux Cerfs – a small island which lies just off Trou d’Eau Douce in Mauritius’s largest lagoon – with eighteen holes set out in an old sugar plantation.

According to Bernhard Langer, "What I have aspired to create with Le Touessrok golf course is a golfing experience that truly arouses all the senses. From the amazing natural setting to the challenges presented by the course I want it to be a game to remember for all who play."

The setting is absolutely idyllic – fantastic white sandy beaches flank fairways around the periphery of the property – but Ile aux Cerfs has gained the reputation of presenting far more than a pleasant, resort-style challenge; a view that has recently been endorsed by new French Golf Federation slope ratings for the course.

The natural topography is brought into play at every opportunity with a wonderful routing that takes golfers on an exotic tropical trip through lush mangrove forests, past shimmering tidal pools and over craggy volcanic lava outcrops, skirting the spectacular sandy shoreline on several occasions along the way.

Each of the four short holes on the course is visually stunning, but the best of these is possibly the 125-yard 8th, where its pulpit green sits high above the fairway, surrounded by trees. The 337-yard 14th is another feature hole on the inward nine and this tempting short par four plays to a long, narrow green at the end of a short uphill approach.

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Description: The course at Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club (formerly known as Le Touessrok) is set on its own tropical island in the Indian Ocean and it's a prestigious IMG layout that bears Bernhard Langer's architectural stamp of approval. Rating: 8.8 out of 10 Reviews: 11
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Greg Watson

Not often you have to catch a boat to play a golf course, the setting could not be any better. Good layout with the need to play strategically from the tee. An unusual 18th provides a choice of green for your final approach shot, either to a dog leg flat green or over a 60 yard ravine. Great experience, which I would recommend

July 13, 2020
7 / 10
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Craig Robinson

World Class. Words can not describe how amazing this course is. Not just the 18 holes, which is an experience, but from the boat that takes you there, to the staff that run the pro shop, to the spectacular lunch on the beach. This is by far one of the TOP 10 courses in the world in terms of experience. This is a golfers vacation paradise.

July 02, 2020
10 / 10
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Damian Wrigley

This place is world class and like nothing you have experienced. The course is superb with such a well designed layout keeping you interested and engaged the whole way. I love this place!

April 07, 2020
9 / 10
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Bodunkov Alexey

Very strange golf course. A beautiful place, but the golf course is definitely not the best in Mauritius. Stock up on balls and do not expect a good result. It’s just for fun. The staff is friendly and acknowledges that their golf course is very strange.

March 07, 2020
6 / 10
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Thomas

Well, i don't think i'll ever play a round of golf in a more tropical location than this. Condition was amazing, but some of the layouts was not working too well. Even though it deserve a high rating, because it's so special! Just the fact that you have a small 5-10 min boat ride just to get there is amazing. The club, island and the course is something special and if you're ever on Mauritius to play golf, this one has to be first priority, no doubt! You will experience something unique and it's just a magical place!

February 21, 2020
9 / 10
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alan adam

really interesting place to paly golf with the Ocean in the background, and all in a serene setting that just wants to make you play it all over again.

The routing of the course is very good given the limited land, but if you are not hitting the ball straight , take plenty golf balls, holes 9 and 11 were my personal favourites

May 27, 2019
8 / 10
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Ned

I had the pleasure of playing Ile aux Cerfs twice whilst on honeymoon (this was negotiated well in advance of our wedding day and I was out early!). Firstly the journey out to the course has to be relatively unique, a serene ten minute boat-ride through the mangroves deposited me at the jetty. Met by a man in a buggy, I was then whisked up to the clubhouse where club hire (from memory Callaways XRs or something similar) and accoutrements were quickly sorted out. The staff were very friendly (as everyone on Mauritius seems to be) and did their best to accommodate my requests.

The Pro-shop no longer has stroke-savers, instead you have to take a buggy as all are fitted with GPS touch-screens. There are a handful of blind or semi-blind tee-shots and otherwise there is almost always some sort of carry, so in the absence of a course guide, the buggy is a must. In the end I didn’t regret it as the round was seriously warm work and the hire cost was not extortionate.

Warm up facilities were adequate, clearly space is at a premium, but there’s enough room to launch a few balls and miss a few putts.

With clubs, buggy, complimentary water, a few free balls (included with the green fee) and a couple of balls I brought with me (having read other reviews on this site) I was quickly called forward at the first tee to pair up with another single. 5 iron in hand I pulled the first left, pushed the second right and drove on to drop one on the fairway. Neither tee-shots were seen again and they weren’t terrible! So, yes, the course is quite tight in places. Generally there’s a little/no first-cut and then just ‘jungle’, volcanic rock and oblivion.

I’m a 12 h/cap and a member of a club where my h/cap travels well. I played off the whites (one below the black championship tees) and at no point were the carries more than c. 170 yards, but with the course being so tight I never hit more than a 4 iron over the two rounds I played. I think 28 points was my best return and with borrowed clubs etc. I wasn’t too disappointed with that.

If you have looked at the photographs you can see Ile aux Cerfs is stunning, it’s hard not to play the whole round with a smile on your face, no matter your score. Particular holes that stood out are those run alongside the beach (6, 11, and 12) but there are plenty that will last long in the memory. The greens were not particularly fast, but they were true and you got value for your putts. Overall the course condition was excellent.

Thanks to 0800 tee times the pace of play was good for both rounds (understandably the afternoon is apparently quite slow as the course gets busy). I think we took roughly 3.5 hours per round (with a fair amount of looking for balls). As a result my fledgling marriage survived, in fact the course was so beautiful I managed to persuade my wife to chauffeur me around the back 9 for my second round, which she even admitted to enjoying.

In keeping with the surrounding resorts, the clubhouse is well appointed with good showers etc and an air of luxury. The food was good and there is a lovely view to enjoy as you sip a post-game drink and count up how many balls you lost. I can’t wait to go back to play this stunning course again, but I’ll take my own clubs next time!

January 31, 2018
8 / 10
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Matt Pay
What a lovely setting for a golf course. Never had to catch a boat to play golf. The course itself is very tight, so make sure you pack your straight clubs and have a big breakfast. The course suits aa long straight hitter. Greens are small but receptive. Views are amazing, so make sure you don't take too many pictures as that is classed as slow play.Practice facilities are ok, small practice greens.Club house is lovely and staff are friendly. Try the Niçoise salad.A must if in Mauritius.
May 09, 2015
10 / 10
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Ory Johan
Absolutely beautifull.
July 12, 2012
10 / 10
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Tim Rees
A fantastic in the day, end to end. A superb welcome from Russell and his team, great warm up facilities to prepare you for a great test of golf in a stunning location. If you can concentrate on your golf then you have a real test of golf. There are some tough positional holes and a wide variety of holes. The 18th is a great finishing hole requiring a good drive and a a long iron over the hazard to a small green. After the game we had a drink and lovely fish burger on the clubhouse terrace taking in the scenery.A must play course that I hope to go back to as soon as possible.
August 09, 2011
10 / 10
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