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EAST This part of Mauritius has the highest concentration of golf, with four courses that are part of three golf resorts. Constance Belle Mare Plage (www.constancehotels.com) offers two golf courses built to PGA specifications with free green fees for guests staying in the resort and sister hotel Constance Prince Maurice. The Legend is a design by Hugh Baiocchi that features water hazards on every hole and thick natural vegetation, as it is set in the heart of indigenous forest once used for deer breeding. Golfers might even come across the Java deer that still live in the forest and sometimes wander onto the course. It also lies alongside one of the island’s most beautiful white-sand beaches. The Legend is challenging for every standard of golfer and hosts the season-ending MCB Tour Championship event on the Staysure Tour, as the European Senior Tour is now known. The Links is a joint design by Rodney Wright and Peter Alliss that has undulating fairways and greens dotted with volcanic rocks and thick vegetation and surrounded by forest. There is less water than on The Legend, although natural pools on several back nine holes provide a stern test, notably the par-4 13th and par-3 14th. Golfers can enjoy spectacular sunsets from the clubhouse over post-round drinks. Ile aux Cerfs (www.ileauxcerfsgolfclub.com) is a beautiful but devilishly difficult design by Germany’s Bernhard Langer that takes up the southern half of an island just offshore from Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa reached by a five-minute ferry ride. Take plenty of golf balls as the fairways are narrow and the copious water hazards and mangrove swamps, not to mention the thick tropical jungle vegetation and volcanic rock outcrops, will gobble up any wayward shots. The ocean is visible through palm trees from several holes, some of which go right up to the beach. There is even a dedicated beach for golfers and you can now stay on the island in special Bubble Lodges with glass roofs and butler service. 51