Cape Town - In five years the Mauritius Open has not only witnessed its own rapid growth as a
tri-sanctioned tournament with the European Tour, Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour,
but it has also significantly stimulated the golf economy of Mauritius.
From December 5-8, the
Heritage Golf Club at Heritage Resorts will host the Mauritius
Open for the third time in the last five years.
The tournament teed off here in
2015 as a unique coalition between three of the largest professional tours in
world golf - the European Tour, Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour. It has attracted
Major winners, former world number ones, Ryder Cup captains and a myriad of
other leading international golfers. But perhaps the biggest impact has been on
the golf economy of Mauritius.
after the first tournament we saw an increase of 6 000 rounds in one year at
Heritage Golf Club. Growth like that is really unheard of, especially
considering that the course has been open since 2004," says Jonathan Menteath,
the General Manager of Heritage Golf Club.
The global television
broadcast of the Mauritius Open, which reaches close to 400
million homes worldwide, has also significantly boosted Mauritius as a leading
golf tourism destination.
"Golf in Mauritius has
grown from 170 000 rounds in 2011 up to 240 000 rounds in 2018, and I believe
that the global exposure that the tournament gives Mauritius has played a big
role in establishing Mauritius as a must-visit golf destination," says
He is expecting this to
increase with the completion of Heritage Resorts' second championship golf
course, a design collaboration between renowned golf course architect Peter
Matkovich and 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen.
"The project has been
launched in July 2019 and the course is scheduled to open in
September 2021. The design and layout of facilities has been finalised with
Peter Matkovich, Louis Oosthuizen and the buildings architects. We are working
hard to open what will possibly be the best golfing facility in the Indian
Ocean," says Menteath.
"It will add immeasurably
to the popularity of the Domaine de Bel Ombre and Heritage Resorts. Having two
championship golf courses on our doorstep is going to take the resort to
another level in that golfers really won’t need to look much further when
deciding on what destination and resort to visit on their golf holiday. The
design of the second course is so unique and so exciting. It starts at the top
of our property and cascades down to the bottom of the property one hole at a
time. The views are breathtaking. I think our second course is going to be a
popular playing experience to say the least."
In a bid to further
stimulate golf tourism to Mauritius, Heritage Resorts also offers its guests a
Golf Bliss Package that allows them premier access at discounted rates to all
the golf courses on the South West of the island at the resorts of Heritage,
Paradis, Tamarina and Avalon.