|Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 2001
|Le Touessrok Golf Course is on its own island, the beautiful Ile Aux Cerfs, off the east coast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, and was designed by Bernhard Langer. The course winds between lava rocks, lakes and pools, beaches and mangrove swamps in an amazing natural setting.
Big hitters beware! There are severe penalties for missing or running out of fairways.
Still outstanding from this beta version:-
- pins - numbers per hole and placement finalisation.
CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.
Real, tropical course
Mauritius, Indian Ocean
Playable with M*/F*
Set on pretty much the entirety of a small island off the coast of Mauritius, Le Touessrok excels at using the landscape, with drop-offs,
beach holes, oceanic and man-made water, and some trademark long carries over the mangroves near the end. It's undeniably interesting
and very new territory for this designer, but it also is noticeable that it hasn't quite been put across as 100% believable: the visuals are just
a little bit too down-to-Earth for something this exotic.
The planting at points is really lovely: multi-layered, varied and distinctly different to 'standard' golf course planting. It is much more
evocative of the course's location than the textures, which just feel too green and tightly mown. There's also some pretty hasty work
around the water features and the ocean, all of which could be amount to spectacular course features rather than something which looks
Very resort-style golf for the large part, there are a lot of tempters on this course as well as the usual seaside trappings of clifftop and
beach holes. The variety extends well into the back nine, aided by some useful hole previews, and the closing stretch, particularly the
final hole are reached with a sigh of satisfaction. It's a shame about the lack of atmosphere, for that was something that just might
have set this course apart.
Le Touessrok certainly isn't set up for the amateur! It's worryingly easy to get lost among the deep trees and the greens, often
upturned in shape, are definitely not easy to hit. Thankfully, the whole thing is tempered by some good pin positioning and judgement
when it comes to greening - particularly a relief when you remember this hasn't always been the designer's forte.
I'm a little disappointed that the boat hasn't really been pushed out here. A good set of tropical textures could really bring the course to
life, and the lack of work around the coastline is worrying when you remember this is an island! The continued lack of variance in pin
positioning is likewise an irritant.
||Inasmuch as we don't have a great selection of courses from this part of the world,
this is pretty much an essential. But it's not got enough atmosphere or soul.
|This course is available as a FREE download.
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