Chapman and Lehman paired together

Roger Chapman’s coronation as European Senior Tour Number One at the MCB Tour Championship will start alongside defending champion Tom Lehman and former Ryder Cup player Barry Lane.

John Jacobs Trophy

Tom Lehman at MCB Tour Championship

Tom Lehman

Double Senior Major Champion Chapman will receive the John Jacobs Trophy at Constance Belle Mare Plage after sealing the Senior Tour Order of Merit title, starting the event with an unassailable €100,382 lead over Lane, who is trying to finish runner up for the second consecutive year.

Lehman won the MCB Tour Championship title last year by one stroke from South African David Frost, and the American will be looking for a similarly fast start to 12 months ago when he opened with a seven under par 65 to establish a first round lead of three shots.

Tee off on Friday 7 December

The trio will tee off at 10.50am on Friday and will be followed at 11.00am by the group of Frost, 2011 Order of Merit winner Peter Fowler and Tim Thelen, the American who is third in this year’s money list.

Englishman Paul Wesselingh, the winner of the ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship, is trying to overtake Fowler and break into the top four on the Order of Merit, and he will begin the final event of the 2012 season alongside SSE Scottish Senior Open winner Anders Forsbrand and Gary Wolstenholme, a two-time winner this year. Read more about Paul Wesselingh being named rookie of the year.

Denmark’s Steen Tinning kicks-off his Senior Tour career alongside Australian Mike Harwood and  Welshman Mark Mouland.

Read more on the European Senior Tour and MCB Tour Championship websites.

 

South African fine wines at Constance Halaveli

Head sommelier at Constance Halaveli, Cedric Jacob, shares his top picks for South African wines and reveals which wines have made it onto the wine list at the resort.

Cedric Jacob, Wine Sommelier at Constance Halaveli

Cedric Jacob, Sommelier at Halaveli

Fine South African wines we’re currently serving at Halaveli are:

And soon we’ll be adding:

  • Lammershoek – La Roulette Blanche, Chenin Blanc
  • David – Aristagos, Grenache Noir

And the best way to drink them…

These wines combined with our Chef’s selection of cheeses and cold cuts in Jing and Jahaz wine cellars is a must-do experience at Halaveli.

Wines from Swartland region

Cedric, and Constance corporate sommelier Jerome Fauré, discovered new wines at an exhibition of the latest up and coming South African vintages in Cape Town.

Cedric’s other top recommendations from the Cape Wine 2012 event are:

South Africa, wine region

South Africa, wine region

He was most impressed by wines from the Swartland region. The wines from the region Swartland really stood out because of the hard work that goes into making the wine. Wine makers from this region seek to produce wines that reflect the South African Terroir starting by analyzing the soils and subsoil, the climate or even micro climate, and identify which grapes will be the most suitable for the place they are.

Find out more about South African wines from the South African Wine Information website.

Wondering which wines to buy this Christmas?

Read Jamie Goode’s online wine magazine, Wine Anorak for insights, tips and advice on what to buy this festive season.

Giant golf simulator arrives at Constance Belle Mare Plage

It has raised a few eyebrows among golfers on the Constance Legend course and diners at the Deerhunter Restaurant. But what is it – that massive golf ball that has appeared on the lake alongside the 18th green?

World class golf simulator

Golf simulator at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Golf simulator at Constance Legend course

For those who have yet to find out, we are happy to reveal all. The golf ball is a massive air-conditioned dome that houses one of the largest and most sophisticated golf simulators to have been created. And it is the first time such an advanced piece of equipment has been seen on Mauritius.

How it works

Throughout this week, guests of the Mauritius Commercial Bank and Constance Hotels & Resorts will be able to play on one of over 100 golf courses in a comfortable environment and without getting wet, losing a ball or burning excess energy negotiating steep climbs and sharp descents.

They can simply stand on the tee, select the club of their choice and hit the ball down a fairway that is displayed on a huge screen in front of them. Without taking so much as a step forward, the player is transported to the ball and the procedure is repeated until the ball finally drops into the cup. It could hardly be easier and an 18-hole game can be over in barely an hour.

The simulator can cater for all formats of play and can also be used for swing analysis, allowing professionals to coach amateur players and to hopefully improve their game.

Off-Course Golf

Off-Course Golf (OCG) has been in existence for six months and was the brainchild of partners Julien Montlahuc and Benoit Revol, from Paris. Julien discovered the simulator on a trip to Vienna and returned home full of enthusiasm. He convinced his friend, Benoit, of its potential and the two men invested all their capital to develop and build the system. When that was done, they needed an outlet to display and promote it.

Where better than in the heart of Paris – at Fouquet’s Hotel, part of the Lucien Barriere chain – near the Champs Elysees. Yes, the young entrepreneurs persuaded the manager to sign an agreement allowing them to set up the simulator on the roof of his hotel for six months. It proved a massive hit and the unit remained in place for two years.

The Mauritius Commercial Bank eventually got to hear about OCG through a contact who had seen the simulator in Paris and the bank agreed to commission its appearance at the golf week.

The MCB will be using the Dome to host clients but there will also be plenty of opportunities for hotel guests and golfers to try it out.

Find out more

Visit the MCB Tour Championship website to find out more or discover the delights in store at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

In the mood for winning?

Enter our fun golf game on Facebook and you could win a Kindle Fire. Closing date Friday 7 December.

Article by Neil Webber

European Senior Tour finale underway in Mauritius

The curtain comes down on the 2012 European Senior Tour campaign this week, with Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius hosting the season-ending MCB Tour Championship.

David Frost

David Frost

Catch up with what’s happened so far:

Win a Kindle Fire

To celebrate the MCB Tour Championship, we’re running a fun golf competition on our Facebook page.

Enter now and you could win a Kindle Fire.

Win a Kindle Fire for your next holiday in the final week of our golf competition

Enter our golf competition on Facebook and you could win a Kindle Fire for your next holiday.

Championship golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Championship golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Week 5 – Let’s play

Watch a short video of our golf pro playing at Hole 7 on the Constance Legend golf course. The ball is plugged in the bunker, with 10m to the flag. The wind is coming strongly from the right.

All you have to do is choose which of the 3 shot options is correct, and you could win a Kindle Fire.

Watch the video first, then choose the option you think is correct.

Come back on Friday 7 December to watch our pro play all the options and see if you won. Those who stated correctly which shot gets closest to the flag will be entered into a prize draw for a Kindle Fire, with the winner announced on that day.

Previous results

And if you missed the results for previous weeks watch what happened here.

MCB Championship

We’re counting down to the European Senior Tour MCB Championship,  starting at the end of this week on 7 December, and hosted at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius. We’ll be posting updates, stories and scores from the championship as the drama unfolds.

Last year’s winner, Tom Lehman, will be hoping to win again this year and is competing against other key contenders David Frost,  Peter Fowler and Roger Chapman.