Anahita Golf Club
Designed by South African golfer and former World No.1 Ernie Els, Anahita Golf Club is a 6,828 m (7580 yards), 18- hole, par-72 championship course; it has five teeing areas, large fairways and six oceanfront holes and is the first in the Indian Ocean
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THE GOLF COURSE
HOLE 1 - TORTOISE CORNER
375 METERS PAR 4
Straight into the mix with an opening hole that is no push-over. A good tee shot will always set up an opportunity and fairway wood straight up the right towards the fairway bunkers will create the perfect angle into the well-protected green which slopes from left-to-right, try and favor the left half with your approach shot and the ball should feedin from there.
HOLE 2 - OLD STONE AQUADUCT
532 METERS PAR 5
Don’t be intimidated by the beauty of the old aquaduct! The aggressive play off the tee will bring the wall into play but can definitely set up the desired scoring opportunity. Up ahead at the green, a large mango tree slightly to the left and a bunker to the right are not the only protection on this inviting par 5, the green slopes from back to front and there there’s a generous bail-out area in front and behind the green.
HOLE 3 - THE VIRGIN & THE CHILD
413 METERS PAR 4
You’ll need to thread your tee shot through a multitude of well positioned bunkers that frame the tee shot landing area. Favor the right side if anything, because the ball then feeds off the righthand bunker, into the fairway, and that gives you a better look at the green. The right-hand side of the green is the smart side, too.
HOLE 4 - OCEAN DRIVE
517 METERS PAR 5
I love this tee shot. There are wonderfulsweeping views of the Indian Ocean in the background and the wide fairway gives you a chance to get out the ‘big stick’. The wind is into your face, so you’ll need it. The approach shot is pretty tight. Feed it in from left-to-right for a two-putt birdie chance.
HOLE 5 - MANGROVE NEST
212 METERS PAR 3
I’m sure you can feel the right-to-left wind off the ocean, so make sure you allow for that and aim a little right of your intended target. It’s always best to work with the wind, not fight it. Club-up, as well. A tidal pond guards the front-right portion of the green, so no prizes for being short.
HOLE 6 - MYSTERY POND
416 METERS PAR 4
It’s a strong PAR 4, this one, although the prevailing wind is at least in your favor. Get the ball in play with whatever club you feel most comfortable of hitting straight; you’re then looking at a midto- long iron into a narrow green with water and bunkers there to catch any stray shots.
HOLE 7 - MANGO ORCHARD
406 METERS PAR 4
Again, a good placement shot off the tee is called for, ideally hugging the old Mango Orchard. That gives you a good look at the undulating green. You’ll have to watch the wind here; it’s often downbreeze and that can make it tough to control the spin. Long is the best ‘miss’ here.
HOLE 8 - MANTA RAY
233 METERS PAR 3
Over 200 meters in length and with a green surrounded by bunkers, this hole requires length and accuracy. A hybrid or fairway metal is the weapon of choice for most. The ball feeds in from the fairway into the mouth of the green, so a solid, straight shot should find the putting surface.
HOLE 9 - LAZY BURN
316 METERS PAR 4
I like a golf course to have a drivable PAR 4 and this is it; it is a classic risk-and-reward hole. Anyone having a crack at the green has to negotiate the links-style ‘Burn’ rambling through the fairway. The further you hit it, the more the ‘Burn’ comes into play. It’s a tough drive or an easy lay-up.
HOLE 10 - COCONUT GROVE
350 METERS PAR 4
Another shortish PAR 4, this time played slightly uphill through the Coconut Grove. Length is not a major issue, so play your tee shot with a nod towards position, not power. The green is pretty small – nevertheless, it is a good birdie chance to set you on your way into the back nine.
HOLE 11 - SECRET BAY
429 METERS PAR 4
The fairway bunkers I’m sure have got your attention, but if you can find the short grass with your drive then the green is very much in range. You’ll want to go in there with some elevation, though, because the bunker guarding the front of the green is a nasty one – deep and best avoided, basically!
HOLE 12 - BOUGAINVILLEA
QUIETUDE 190 METERS PAR 3
Another good PAR 3, this time played into a strong right-to-left ocean breeze. Again, work with the wind, don’t fight it. There’s a bit of room for error up at the green, with a few bail-out areas. Little bumpand- run shots are the name of the game there. No real need for fancy lofted pitch shots.
HOLE 13 - HOLY HILL
502 METERS PAR 5
This is a long PAR 5 and it plays uphill, although the prevailing wind is at least at your back. Hit the fairway and this is a realistic birdie chance. It’s a well-bunkered green though, so if you’re not confident of making the carry, maybe lay-up to your preferred pitching distance.
HOLE 14 - SCOTTISH TASTE
419 METERS PAR 4
This is a classic golf hole with a dry-stone rock wall slanting across the fairway, determining your strategy. The more aggressive you are with your line, the further you have to carry the wall. Be honest with yourself and if you feel it’s a stretch, you can always play it as a simple three-shotter.
HOLE 15 - BASSIN LUBINE
444 METERS PAR 4
This long PAR 4 has lovely sweeping views of the Bay and Bassine Lubine. Once you’ve got your drive away, you’re looking at a tough shot into a shallow green with deep bunkers guarding the front. It cries out for a high-flying, soft-landing shot, so for most golfers a hybrid is the smart choice.
HOLE 16 - PINNACLE POINT
418 METERS PAR 4
With views of Ile au Cerfs and the Bay in the background, this hole has a cluster of bunkers down the right-hand side, so favor the left side with your tee shot. The good news is that the left side gives you the best view of the green. It’s well-bunkered up there, though, so you need to be precise.
HOLE 17 - TURQUOISE LAGOON
144 METERS PAR 3
I’ve played a lot of beautiful golf courses, but trust me it’s hard to beat the views of the Bay and Indian Ocean as you walk from the 16th green to the 17th tee. It’s just stunning. You’ll like the look of this hole, too. It’s the shortest on the golf course and a definite birdie chance. Take dead aim.
HOLE 18 - SUGAR ESTATE RUINS
512 METERS PAR 5
This is one of the best finishing holes that I’ve seen anywhere in the world. Strong hitters will see this as a birdie, maybe even an eagle opportunity, but going for the green in two shots is risky. There are still birdies to be had with a smart, three-shot strategy. And that’s always a nice way to finish any round!