When golfers visit Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius the resort has one major advantage over others on the island: two golf courses.
The Legend – The training ground for the Marc Farry Golf Academy
It’s a key factor in the decision-making for many because it offers plenty of variety – and more tee times – over the length of their stay.
But there is another tick in the box: the on-site Marc Farry Golf Academy, which gives golfers of all standards the opportunity to improve their game.
Farry, winner of the European Tour’s 1996 BMW International Open and a two-time Senior Tour winner, is aware that his love of the sport fits the Constance theme because he is inspired by his passion for golf.
“Oh yeah, definitely,” he said during the 2013 MCB Tour Championship, where he finished in a tie for ninth. “I’m deeply in love with the game and I’m passionate about learning new things, or remembering things I may have forgotten”.
“Golf is an amazing sport because you don’t stop. You can play so long and you can always keep improving. You know the guys out on the Senior Tour could have stopped trying to get better, but we never do – we’re always looking to enhance our game and that should apply to everyone, whatever their standard.”
Farry knows that guests want to enjoy their golf, but that they will especially do so if they play well – which is where the academy can offer assistance.
“The academy is a great support for the golf clientele. We have a very good teaching staff who can deal with the fundamentals of the swing and guests have the option of group, individual or on-course lessons.
“I’m passionate about the evolution of the golf swing. It has changed over the last 25 years. What I was taught when I took up the game has changed. That is not because it was wrong but because we have learned more, it is an evolution towards the best methods. It’s an exciting process.”
Farry is keen to stress what is distinct about his teaching methods.
The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage
“The academy staff use my vision of the importance of on-course strategy.
“At the launch press conference for the MCB Tour Championship we discussed what we, as senior golfers, have learned over the years. Perhaps the most important lesson is to be more patient and more smart with our game plans – and that fits directly with my way of teaching.
“In the early 1980s, as a young man, I hit the ball a long way. I was desperate to play well and I attacked every pin. But it was costly to be honest. In time I learned to be more patient and maybe not always take the driver off the tee.
“That remains the same with all players of all standards – anyone can play simple golf and score much better. When guests ask for lessons I show them that they don’t need to be aggressive to score well. Some are amazed until they see the results.
Legend and Links golf courses
“The two courses we have at Constance Belle Mare Plage are excellent layouts to prove my point.
“At the Legends it is tight and you can miss the fairway and lose a ball. The Links is more open but there are many shortish par fours. So on both courses the sensible play might be to hit for position from the tee.
“Some golfers think they are limiting themselves this way, but they are not. They are actually often opening up more opportunities, just not in ways they expected.
“When you see golfers understand this lesson it is so much fun.”
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