Can’t wait to get back onto the golf course, with its verdant greens and wide open fairways? With an opening scheduled in 2021, La Reserve Golf Course is well worth waiting for. The second championship course on the Heritage Bel Ombre estate, this extraordinary course was co-designed by 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen and renowned designer Peter Matkovich.
Heritage Bel Ombre, the home of Le Château Golf Club – which has been named the Indian Ocean’s Best Golf Course at the World Golf Awards for the six years running – is set to welcome a second championship golf course in 2021.
There’s no doubt that La Reserve Golf Course is a fitting addition to the Heritage Golf Club’s world-class offer. Whereas Le Château is open to all golfers, La Reserve Golf Course will be reserved exclusively for members, their guests and Heritage Resorts residents.
Set in the heights of the Heritage Nature Reserve and surrounded by 81 hectares of lush and unspoilt vegetation, La Reserve Golf Course is a links-style course characterised by rolling fairways, menacing bunkers and picture-perfect greens. The course’s co-designers, Major championship winner Louis Oosthuizen and legendary golf course designer Peter Matkovich, sought to do justice to its exceptional setting by embracing a philosophy of “listening to the land”.
La Reserve is set over undulating terrain with an elevation gain of over 180m between the first tee to the 18th green. Golfers will effectively play up the side of the Savanne mountain range, with the drive to the tee-off perhaps the most spectacular part of this golfing experience. As a result, each hole offers dramatic views of the mountains and the glittering lagoon beyond, placing La Reserve among a rarefied group of international golf courses that offer stunning sea views from every tee and green.
The course’s design is so unique as to be the first of its kind. The lay of the land and the playing conditions will be constantly shaped and altered by the elements, including the tide, forcing golfers to adapt their playing to the prevailing conditions. Each hole has been designed to offer up a new challenge. What’s more, La Reserve is the first course in the Indian Ocean – and one of the only courses in the world – to be built according to Golf Environment Organization (GEO) standards. Its design therefore meets GEO criteria by minimising the visual intrusion of bunkers, tees and greens, using permeable surfaces, and reusing and recycling water around the clubhouse and other buildings.
As co-designer Peter Matkovich explains, “La Reserve pays homage to golf as it was originally played, on non-arable land between farms, dunes and the sea. Every shot required an imagination that only true connoisseurs of the game possessed. That is what we have sought to recreate in the rolling hills of Heritage Bel Ombre: a course that is an ode to the origins of golf, and intended for the discerning golfer.”
The result of is one of the most beautiful courses in the Indian Ocean – and anywhere in the world. With its rugged terrain, unique design and peerless mountain and ocean views, La Reserve is set to rank among the world’s finest golf courses.
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