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Recent News; Mauritius’ World Famous Golf

Mauritius is full of beaches and activities for all. Not only is it a great place to play golf leisurely but it is also the host to golf tournaments and games for the pros as well. The Four Seasons hosts theMauritius Open. South African golfer Frittelli found this tournament a key part of his career as it helped his name make the list of top 50 golfers on the Official World Golf Rankings and therefore hold Mauritius in high regard. The tournament is hosted in what is, for many, considered to be winter but in Mauritius it is warm and perfect golf weather in November and December.

The course at the Four Seasons is known to be both beautiful and challenging. It is sponsored by large companies, organizations and luxury brands to match the luxurious feel of the course and the island. Hosting large and world recognized tournaments such as this draws tourists and golfers alike. There are golfers from all over the world who come to play the courses both on and off the various resorts.

The Four Seasons golf course is especially unique as it was designed by a pro golfer Ernie Els and was designed with pro golf in mind. The course was designed so perfectly that it hosted the AfrAsia Masters for 5 years in a row, from 2010 to 2014. The course was also designed with 6 holes that allow golfers to play beside the breathtaking and humbling Indian Ocean.

Events like these put Mauritius on the map and beyond just the benefits to the golf community but also stimulate the economy of the country, draw tourists and help Mauritius become an increasingly independent and stable nation. It has helped make Mauritius make a name for itself and increase its popularity amongst European and international travelers.

Important Historic Milestones for Mauritius

To understand Mauritius’ present and current situation, we must understand their past, and the critical milestones that helped the country evolve to be what it is today.

In March 1968, Mauritius gained its independence from Britain. Despite this, the Queen remains the person in charge and the respected head of state.

Upon receiving and declaring their independence, the country developed a new flag that was symbolic. The red stripe was a symbol of blood that was shed when slavery and suffering were a sacrifice made during colonisation. It also represents the self-determination, and the struggle that was fought as the island sought independence. The yellow stripe in the middle is the light associated with autonomy and the sunshine that is related to the country’s bright future. Finally, the green line was, and still is, symbolic of the greenery that can be seen and enjoyed all over the island.

  • The 1970s were a time when nature was at risk, but the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation was formed to combat this. It worked towards and successfully saved, many endangered species of birds including the Mauritius Kestrel, the Echo Parakeet as well as the Pink Pigeon, all three that were almost extinct.
  • The 1990s marked what is now known formally as the First Economic Miracle, when the post-colonial time allowed the economy to boom, with the manufacturing sector taking off, and realising great success. Tourism was booming and continued to grow, and the sugar industry also contributed to the unprecedented and impressive growth of the economy.
  • 1992 was the year that Mauritius became an official republic after 24 years of independence.
  • 1994 was a time that was traumatic for Mauritius, as it was devastated by Cyclone Hollanda, but it was also a year that showed the country’s strength as they banded together to rebuild their beloved nation.

The Changing Narrative of Mauritius’ Story

As the BBC reminds us, Mark Twain was convinced that ‘Heaven was copied after Mauritius’. Many people, both locals, and those who have visited once or visit regularly would agree. From the breezy beach, to the clear water and the tall palm trees, it is hard to find anything wrong with the views and landscape. Mauritius, however, is so much more than just beaches and postcard worthy views.

Recently, Mauritius has become increasingly popular as a destination for tourists, expats and those looking for a long term island lifestyle. Attention has been given to the diverse and interesting cultures and the melting pot that the island is becoming.

For example, Port Louis is a hub of activity in the morning with the market being a popular spot for morning shopping, coffee, visits and breakfast. This is where the majority of people who live in Port Louis and even the surrounding areas buy their groceries. You will hear French, Creole and even Hindi being spoken at the market and see products from a variety of cultural backgrounds and places.

News, blogs, social media and other outlets for communication and information often focus on the luxury resorts and high class accommodations and vacations that the island has to offer, but it is important to also understand, acknowledge and appreciate the rich and diverse culture that makes up this beautiful island. The people are as beautiful as the beaches and there is increasing attention being given to this, as resorts have started to share the spotlight with locals and a different type of experience on the island.

The people of the island who have settled here and the history of it ranges from pirates to slaves to farmers and everything in between, and this story is starting to be told more and more by national and international news and information outlets.