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British ColonisationMauritius is home to one of the oldest golf courses in the Southern Hemisphere, and the fourth oldest course in the world, the Gymkhana golf course, located in Vacoas in the central region of the island and created in 1902. However golf has only really grown in popularity in Mauritius since the opening of the first golf course for tourists at Le Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort and Spa in Le Morne in the mid-1990s. This 18-hole course often claims to be one of the most beautiful with its spectacular backdrop of magnificent mountains and fairways that line the shoreline of the stunning bay.

The Mauritian climate and topography make it especially suited to golf, as the fertility of the soil and the tropical climate increase the speed at which new golf developments can mature and be ready for play and their rapid rate of recovery following extreme weather.

Since the creation of the first tourist golf course, many others followed as the price of sugar tumbled and more land became available for re-development, with many resort owners investing in their own courses as the tourism sector grew. Today Mauritius is home to a number of golf courses that attracts professional and amateur golfers for golfing holidays from far and wide.