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SOUTH The 2,500-hectare Domaine de Bel Ombre estate was a huge sugar cane plantation when I first visited Mauritius 25 years ago. International competition has decimated the island’s sugar cane industry since then and there are now just four sugar mills where once there were 250, Bel Ombre’s closing in 1998. Instead, the estate now encompasses the Peter Matkovich-designed Heritage Golf Club - ( course and two luxury beachside spa resorts – the Heritage Le Telfair and Heritage Awali – as well as luxury villas alongside the course. Tall grasses on several holes mimic the sugar cane that once grew where this award-winning course now lies, while lakes and native vegetation including palm trees and flamboyant trees (fire trees), their seasonal red flowers dazzling against the greenery and blue sky, add to the challenge and visual appeal. The Heritage course, host to the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open twice, is laid out on the slopes of the Savanne mountain range, giving scenic views over the course to the ocean from elevated tees and greens. The golf club features an academy and a par-3 course, while a new 18-hole championship course designed by Major champion Louis Oosthuizen in conjunction with Peter Matkovich is due to open in 2021. 48