Overview of golf course named The Gymkhana Club

The Gymkhana Club

Vacoas-Phoenix , Mauritius

Details

Holes

18

Par

68

Built

1844

Type

n/a

Architect

n/a

Access

Yes, from Monday - Friday (except public holidays).

According to Golf Encyclopaedia, a golf tournament was played in Mauritius at Mauritius Gymkhana Club in 1847.

The course was indeed created on the grounds occupied by the British Military Garrison on which were to be found the military base, the various military compounds as well as the official residence of the Commanding Officer. In fact, the house of the commanding officer has now been converted into an official place where the Prime Minister holds certain official functions. It is better known as the Clarisse House.

The MGC golf course is 5. 6 Kilometres long and is a par 68. Despite the fact that it is a relatively short course it offers great challenges to the players as it is very tight and thus precision and technical shots are called for. However, it is playable and enjoyable by golfers of all levels.

The course comprises six holes of par 3, two holes of par 5 and ten holes of par 4. The shortest being hole no.5 playing 132 metres and the longest being hole no 6 at 497 metres long. Hole 18 is lined on the left side with magnificent “tulips du Gabon’ and palm trees with an Out of Bound. The fairway gently slopes from left to right. On the right, a fairway bunker awaits those avoiding the left side of the fairway. The colourful flowered 18th green is also well protected. On the far side, the Club’s car park awaits the over hitters and the front of the bunker is protected by two bunkers.

The course can be compared to the famous St Andrews in Scotland, in as much as it is a natural course. This course has been visited, played and appreciated by many top professional and famous international golfers such as Gary Player and Nick Faldo and most recently Jean Van De Velde from France.



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