The fifth edition of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open will be held from 5th to 8th December 2019 at the stunning Heritage Golf Club. Some amazing feats coming up…
Described as “the most beautiful golf tournament” by the World Golf Awards, the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open has become a prominent fixture on the international golf calendar. It is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year and is part of the official events on the Order of Merit of the Sunshine, European and Asian Tours. One hundred and fifty-six international professionals competing over 72 holes in a three-day tournament. A total prize money of €1,000,000 to be won! The American, Kurt Kitayama took home last year’s title with a total of 268 shots.
As usual, this year’s tournament will feature a host of international players, including Paul Lawrie from Scotland, winner of the Claret Jug, who scored 10 shots in the finals of the 1999’s Open at Carnoustie as well as Thomas Pieters and Nicolas Colsaerts from Belgium, who have both marked the history of the Ryder Cup. Edoardo Molinari from Italy, the Indian star, Shubhankar Sharma and Benjamin Hebert will also play in the tournament.
The competition will additionally feature Matthias Schmid from Germany and Pierre Pellegrin from Mauritius. Schmid, 21, won the European Amateur Championship at the Diamond Country Club in Austria in June. Pellegrin scooped the Rogers Indian Ocean Amateur Golf Open held at Heritage Golf Club in October 2019.
Many professionals now consider Mauritius as the ultimate destination for a mid-season break, with the opportunity to experience the thrill of playing at Heritage Golf Club. In September 2020, the estate will open a second championship course, designed jointly by Peter Matkovich and Louis Oosthuizen. This development will further enhance the island’s status as an essential destination for golf enthusiasts.
All players strongly believe this place is the epitome of golf in paradise. Heritage Golf Club was voted “Indian Ocean’s Best Golf Course” for the sixth time at the 2019 World Golf Awards ceremony on 29th October in Abu Dhabi. With the breathtaking panoramic view of Bel Ombre, pristine forests in the heart of the mountains and a lush 2,500-hectare property overlooking the landscape, the prestigious Heritage Golf Club is undeniably an enchanting place.
Heritage Resorts will be fully eco-friendly this year as the whole organisation has been carefully designed to protect the planet. Various sustainable initiatives have been added to the site’s natural scenery. A list of the 10 best green practices for golfers is included in the tournament guide. To reduce plastic waste, a tent with a Live Cooking concept will be set up. Plastic bottles will be thrown in fish bins and emphasis will be placed on the use of bamboo cutlery. Players will be transported using electric Jaguars.
Living in Mauritius has become a real year-round opportunity for golf lovers… an opportunity to indulge in a heavenly and exquisite atmosphere in the middle of the mightiest golf courses in the Indian Ocean and experience an unparalleled lifestyle.