Avalon is an open, rolling layout surrounded on all sides by breath-taking views. To the south is the ocean, where early starters can catch the rising sun. A peek in the opposite direction provides a view of the majestic mountains that surround Grand Bassin – the largest natural lake in Mauritius.
The elevated nature of the course means that low clouds and cooler, breezy conditions are often to be expected. Very few trees line the course, adding to its feeling of openness and playability, while numerous Tree ferns supplement the local flora and add a soft theme to the unique layout.
The course is well balanced and has something to offer every level of golfer, with some shorter par fours to entice the longer hitters and a number of reachable par fives.
From the first hole, it is noticeable that the fairways are wide enough to allow plenty of forgiveness for the odd miss-hit shot. The risk-and-reward par four fourth is the course’s signature hole, and for good reason. From an elevated tee, a river cuts across the start of the fairway below, with a small pot bunker peeking out from the left. Thick natural vegetation line the fairway’s left flank, while the right side consists of a slightly more forgiving steep hill. At only 238 metres long, the green is well within range for most players, but so is a lot of the surrounding danger. Such is the nature of Avalon.
A number of tee options cater for all level of golfer, and from the club tees the course is an enjoyable 5 847 metres. For the proficient player, true tournament golf conditions can be experienced from the championship tees, which stretch the course to a hefty.