Golf Guide Seychelles |Tropical Island Golf

Think Seychelles and you summon images of tropical paradise, clear blue waters, scuba diving and honeymooners.

An archipelago of 115 islands, the Seychelles is in the Indian Ocean, around 900 miles off the coast of East Africa. Together with Mauritius and Reunion, it forms a trio of the most desirable luxury destinations for those seeking a relaxing escape in a tropical climate with white sand beaches, water sports, wellness and fine dining.

The Seychelles cover an area of around 174 miles but surprisingly are home to only two golf courses.

The Seychelles Golf Club

A former coconut plantation at Anse Aux Pins, on the south-eastern side of the main island of Mahe, is home to Seychelles Golf Club. Its 9-hole is course set among palm trees and vegetation, with a total yardage of just under 5,000 yards – when played twice.

It’s convenienently located around 10 minutes from the Seychelles International Airport at Pointe Larue.

Lemuria

The only 18-hole golf course on The Seychelles is operated by the Constance Lemuria Resort and located on Praslin, the second most populous of the Seychelle isles.

The 6,105 yard 18-hole layout was designed by American Rodney Wright in partnership with former European Tour professional Marc Antoine Farry and opened for play in 2000.

A member of the prestigious European Tour Destinations portfolio of resorts and courses, Lemuria means “mythical, lost country” in local tongue and is rated as the best golf course in the Seychelles.

The course weaves along the shorelines, offering dramatic vistas at Small Kerlan Cove and Grand Kerlan Cove. The first 12 holes wind through palm trees with ocean views before the course rises up to high ground, with steep descents and inclines proving a challenge in warm weather.

The topography creates excitement and drama at the signature par three 15th hole, which drops 50-feet from tee to the green below, against a backdrop of white sands, clear blue ocean and mangrove marsh at Anse Georgette.

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Green fees are complimentary for guests at Constance Lemuria, buggies are mandatory at Lemuria and available at additional charge.

An ocean driving range

The lack of golf courses in the Seychelles hasn’t stopped hospitality and tourism companies from using the sport to entertain and attract guests. The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles launched an innovative golfing experience that combined beautiful sunsets with hitting golf balls into the Indian Ocean.

The Sunset Golf Experience was marketed a one-hour golf practice session, teeing off at 6pm each evening on the island’s Petite Anse beach, when golfers can drive as many balls as they wish into the clear turquoise waters.

What about sustainability and danger to marine life?

For those worried about the safety of marine life and damage to the sensitive eco-system and environment, the driving range balls were specially designed Ecoibioballs that degrade within 48-hours, releasing fish food into the water. The resort even set up distance markers in the bay so you know how far you are hitting the ball.

At the time it launched, the Sunset Golf Experience ran once per evening, with a range session costing €40. The price includes 20 Ecobioballs, a cocktail, use of clubs and driving mats; service charge and local taxes were extra.

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