Golf du Château - Heritage Golf Club
This course has gone straight into my top five favourite courses, right up there with St Andrews and Banff. Peter Matkovich, who designed it, has hardly done any course design outside his native South Africa, but he has a real knack for making a course that will be a challenge to a really good player and still be great fun for a regular club golfer like me (I play off 19). There are five tees on each hole, for Pros, Championship, Club Golfers, Seniors and Ladies, making the course length for club golfers a manageable 5740 meters (6277 yards). Matkovich has positioned bunkers just where you are likely to drive to and has made good use of water and the natural contours of the land so every hole is a challenge. The course is about half a mile inland so you can see the sea from many holes and on the other side there are rather spectacular mountains so even if your golf is off, the scenery is stunning. They have built some lovely and very expensive villas around the course, but they are not so near that you need to worry about hitting your ball into gardens.
There are some very pretty holes. My family and I particularly liked the 5th, a great risk and reward hole, Par 4 but only 269 meters (295 yards) for club golfers with the direct line from the tee taking your ball over a deep dip. Come up short and you are 20 feet below the green. The 9th is another short par 4 (also 270 meters) but with water on both sides of a fairly narrow fairway and a long bunker on the right to boot.
The prettiest holes come in a row - the 11th, a Par 4, has well-placed bunkers in the middle of the fairway and water and big bunker by the hole; the 12th is a very charming dog-leg; and the 13th is a Par 3 over water. The 17th, stroke index 1, looks straightforward but has a treacherous dip on the right with thick vegetation at the bottom just waiting to snare the unwary, and the actual fairway is very narrow.
Once you get back to the small but very pleasant clubhouse, you will be greeted by a smiling attendant handing you chilled flannels. He or she will then whip your clubs away and clean them for you while you have lunch or a drink (a small menu but perfectly adequate). Rouben, the caddy master, will remember your name after you have been only once and he will store your clubs for you as well.
My son carries his clubs and thinks buggies are for wusses but even he found the occasional lift was a relief as it was pretty hot and there are a few climbs so I would recommend them.
We were staying at the Heritage Awali hotel on an all-inclusive package (you could do the same at the sister hotel the Heritage Telfair) as the same firm owns the hotels and the golf course, so I am not sure of the cost of a round but from what I can gather it is not too expensive.
Do go and play this course if you are in Mauritius. I really don't think you will be disappointed
Value For Money: Good Tim Stockil April 13, 2012
Very nice course great club house very windy on alot of holes well looked after i given it a six for no other reason then im not very good in the wind
Value For Money: Good
Mark: 6/10 Shane April 26, 2011
Beat the rain: waterproofs for £79.99 + 15 free balls!