Four Season Golf Club at Anahita will host the second edition of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, and Hennie Otto, an Anahita Four Seasons representative, will be looking to be the second South African to win the title after George Coetzee’s win last year.
With property on the five-star resort, Otto spends most of his off-time on the Mauritius island and he hopes that his local experience can help him at this week’s event.
“Yeah some people say you’re “home” and we come here a lot, to Anahita, so it’s nice to be here and feel comfortable about things.”
Otto played in the pro-am on Tuesday, and like many of the golfers, he expressed concern over the windy conditions.
“It’s the worst wind I’ve ever seen on this golf course. They say it’s going to be like this the whole week so this golf course is going to be a really big test. I’ve been playing well the last couple of weeks and worked hard on a few things. I’m really looking forward to this week and it’s a pity the wind is blowing so hard, but it’s the same for everyone. “
The Ernie Els designed layout is already a true test with small greens and out-of-bounds stakes not far from the fairway, and Otto has been involved with local greenkeeper Mark Kirkby in fine-tuning the course ahead of the tri-sanctioned event.
“Ernie did something different here. Me and Mark, the greenkeeper, he approached me last year and he asked me what I thought. We ended up bringing the rough in a little bit and a bit closer to the greens. It used to be wide and open, so we just brought it in a little bit to make it more of a test.”
Otto has showed signs of his best form recently and he feels as though he could be atop the leaderboard soon.
“Like I said it’s been there but it hasn’t really fell into place where I want it to be. But there is a lot of golf still to play in the season and I’m looking forward to it and I’m close to standing on the podium again, but we’ll see how it goes.”