Golf Course Architecture - Issue 73, July 2023

16 TEE BOX THE BIG PICTURE The green of the par-three seventh followed by the split-fairway parfive eighth on the new La Réserve Golf Links course at Heritage Golf Club in Mauritius, photographed by Jacob Sjöman. The course was designed by Peter Matkovich and Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and is scheduled to open at the end of 2023. “La Réserve Golf Links has been inspired by the strategy required to play the wonderful old links courses of Ireland and Scotland,” said Matkovich. “Scoring will be dependent on your strategy, choices and playing within your ability. “The eighth is a great example of strategy in golf design. You have a choice to make from the tee because of the split fairway separated by a mountain stream. Either take the wider fairway route to the left, making it a three-shotter, or accept the challenge and go right over the stream to the narrow fairway, protected by two penal bunkers and a waste area. Hit the fairway and you are left with a relatively straightforward second shot into the green. “This option makes the eighth play like a par 4.5, and a good birdie chance for those brave enough to take it on.” The course features wall-to-wall Pure Dynasty seeded paspalum, developed by Atlas Turf International and Pure Seed.