Golf MCB Tour Championship: Frost confident ahead of Mauritius return

South African David Frost is relishing his return to Mauritius on the European Senior Tour for the 2011 season-ending MCB Tour Championship following a dramatic conclusion to his last visit to the sunshine island.

David Frost

David Frost

Frost began his 2011 campaign by defeating Englishman Roger Chapman on the second extra hole to win the Mauritius Commercial Bank Open last December, recovering from losing a four stroke lead to force a play-off with a spectacular eagle on the final hole.

Senior Tour season finale

The 52 year old returns to the magnificent Constance Belle Mare Plage from December 9-11, with the tournament taking on a new title as the Senior Tour season finale following a new four-year agreement with title sponsor Mauritius Commercial Bank.

Frost has an impressive record at Constance Belle Mare Plage, finishing tied fifth on his Senior Tour debut in 2010 before capturing his maiden Senior Tour title last year and he is eager to continue his fine run next month.

‘I feel confident returning to Belle Mare Plage,’ said Frost. ‘I have made quite a few friends amongst the Pro-Am participants over the past two years and I am looking forward to seeing them too.

Highlights of 2011

‘After not winning in Mauritius in 2010 I felt like I needed to win it in 2011, so the pressure was on me. Especially having a four shot lead over Roger entering the last round I should have won easily, but golf is funny game, a couple of shots swing can cause the leading player to go one way and the challenger can get close in a hole or two, and that is what happened . Winning the title in 2011 was sweet revenge for missing out in 2010.’

Legend golf course

Legend golf course

The two-time European Tour winner finished sixth in The Senior Open Championship at Walton Heath in July but his eagle on the 54th hole over Constance Belle Mare Plage’s Legends Course remains the highlight of his season. Having surrendered a four stroke lead to Chapman, Frost found himself two shots behind playing the last and knew he had to produce something special.

He did just that with a brilliant drive followed by a sublime three iron to 15 feet which he rolled in for an eagle three to match Chapman’s 13 under total. Frost then pounced on the second extra hole when Chapman, who had carded a stunning 65 in regulation play, made his only error of the final day, tugging his drive into the deep rough and failing to recover.

‘Starting with a four stroke advantage in the final round was a nice position to be in but Roger played really great and should have won,’ Frost admitted. ‘My aggressive play on the last hole paid off when I tried to eagle the hole to tie him. I think I would have done the same as what Roger did.

‘Had I been leading the event with one hole to play I would have played it as a par five and laid up short on the tee shot. Unfortunately for him I made the eagle to send us both into a play-off.

Legends golf course at Belle Mare Plage

‘The Legends course has some great, challenging tee shots and under the pressure you need to hit the fairways. From there it is target golf to the pins as well. The greens are a little tricky with the Bermuda grass, so you need to read the grain well.

‘I’m really looking forward to returning to Belle Mare Plage and I have decided to stay on another 4 days after the tournament to relax and enjoy some days without waking up and worrying what time I am on the tee.’

Competition for the title

One of Frost’s rivals for the MCB Tour Championship title is expected to be American Tom Lehman, who defeated him in a play-off to win the 2010 US Senior PGA Championship. Former Open Champion and Ryder Cup Captain Lehman won the Money List on the US Champions Tour this year and will be looking to round off a fine 2011 season in style in Mauritius.

In addition to the battle for the title itself, the focus will also be on the contest between the leading two players on the Senior Tour Order of Merit, Peter Fowler and Barry Lane, who are bidding to win the John Jacobs Trophy.

Fowler will take a €25,569 advantage into the final event of the season but with a prize fund of €400,000 and winner’s cheque of €60,000 on offer, Lane has every chance of overturning that lead and succeeding Boonchu Ruangkit as Senior Tour Number One.

Golf MCB Tour Championship: John Jacobs Trophy contenders in complimentary mood

Opening press conference for MCB Tour Championship

Opening press conference for MCB Tour Championship

The compliments came thick and fast at Monday’s press conference on the Constance Belle Mare Plage Legend course to launch the inaugural MCB Tour Championship.

Among those in attendance were Australian Peter Fowler, who leads the Senior Tour order-of-merit, and Englishman Barry Lane, his only rival for the John Jacobs Trophy that is awarded to the season’s top money-winner.

Just over €25,500 separates the two men in the contest for Senior Tour supremacy and with €61,000 on offer to the winner, the contest could well go all the way to the final round.

Read more on the MCB Tour Championship website.

Hublot watches inspire culinary creativity at Blue Penny Café

Hublot watches
Hublot and Constance – elegance comes naturally

In November, exclusive Swiss watchmaker Hublot and celebrity restaurant Blue Penny Café at Constance Belle Mare Plage combined their talents to create a prestigious event. 

Invited guests had the pleasure to discover the latest creations of the prestigious Swiss group and try on the fantastic watches made by the Hublot craftsmen.

Blue Penny Café chef Frederic Goisset, executive chef Dominique Grel and food and beverage Frederic Gille created an incredible menu with wine pairing, linking the worlds of ‘haute cuisine’ and ‘haute horlogerie’.

Creative appetisers

Big bang Tutti Frutti and canapes

Big bang Tutti Frutti and canapes

During the opening cocktail, exclusively created appetisers were presented in jewelry showcases, along with a Hublot watch:

  • Caviar (an oyster in green apple jelly, with a cream of wasabi, caviar and shiso)
  • Big bang Tutti frutti (Foie gras and agar of organic vegetable, spiced crumble)
  •  Vendôme (bread crouton, shrimp tartar, coconut jelly, red capsicum tapenade)
  • Yacht club Monaco (Scallop mousse, heart of palmtree, scallop carpaccio) 

The menu 

The dinner was splendid… with names evoking Hublot watches.

Team at Blue Penny Cafe evening with Hublot watches

Great team work between kitchen, service and sommellerie

  • GMT A canneloni of tomato and local crab, spiced syrup.
    Served with Domaine des Dieux, Sauvignon Blanc 2009, South Africa

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  • Vibration: Duck foie gras preserved with Port jelly, ginger-flavoured pineapple chutney, young sprouts.
    Served with Alsace, Pinot Gris ‘Cuvée Albert’, Albert Mann 2009, France

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  • Submarine: Back of pan-seared codfish lemon and shellfish condiment with smoked herring row.
    Served with Châteauneuf du Pape “La Crau” – Domaine du vieux télégraphe 2005, France

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Hublot watch and appetiser

Haute cuisine meets haute horlogerie

  • Amplitude: Lamb fillet in a crust of mild chili, the chop in a spicy kofta, pimientodel piquillo stuffed with potato chutney, a jus flavoured with Pata Negra ham.
    Served with Vriesenhof Pinot Noir 2003, South Africa

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  • Carat: Creamy poppy and raspberry dessert, raspberry sherbet.
    Served with Rhum Nation Demerarra 31 years old  

Before dessert, guests were served the most exclusive cheeses in Switzerland including an incredible Gruyère made by Hublot CEO Mr Biver, that he wished to share with guests at  this remarkable evening.

The event was a wonderful occasion for invited guests to discover or re-discover Blue Penny Café, the temple of food and wine in Mauritius.

Reefscaping around Constance Halaveli

An innovative eco-project has just launched at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

Reefscaping at Constance Halaveli

Reefscaping at Constance Halaveli

Our Reefscaping programme aims to stimulate the growth of coral in the lagoon around the resort, to help repair the damage caused by the Tsunami in 2004.

At the beginning of December, we launched a metal cage structure into the lagoon. Our team has removed healthy live coral from the reef, and transferred it to the cage which is held securely to the lagoon floor. The aim is to grow healthy coral that can then be replanted.

What happens next

Over the coming months our team will track progress of the coral’s growth. If successful, we will be able to increase the marine life in the lagoon.

Reefscaping team carry metal cage to lagoon

Reefscaping team carry metal cage to lagoon

We’ll be posting more photos of the coral as it grows, both on our Constance Facebook page and on this blog.

The 2004 Tsunami impacted greatly on the natural environment around the South East Asian region. The significant damage to local tourism in this region is widely known, and there was also a large amount of damage done the coral reefs.

By taking these steps, we hope to improve the condition of the reef for future generations.

Weekly round-up: 21-27 November 2011

This weekly feature offers a round-up of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything.

Luxurious spa treatments

Luxurious spa treatments

Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

Culinary

  • Recipe video: How to make puri bread
    Watch the first in our series of recipe videos. This week a delicious and easy recipe for puri bread from Chef Rajesh Payannandee at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Inspiration

  • Celebrate Christmas with Constance Hotels
    There’ll be a crackle in the air across the Indian Ocean this Christmas as Constance lays on some fabulous celebrations at its 7 resorts in the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar. 
  • Top dive sites in Mauritius
    Here’s a look at some of the top dive sites on the East and North West coasts of the island.

Spa & Sports

Events round-up

BBC Good Food Show Winter, 23-27 November 2011

Foodies are in for a treat this coming week, as the BBC Good Food Show Winter heads to the NEC Birmingham.

Culinary delights

Culinary delights

From 23-27 November, visitors to the event can immerse themselves in a world of culinary delights.

Highlights include:

  • MasterChef Experience Live
  • World Cheese Awards
  • live kitchen demos from celebrity chefs including Rick Stein, Gino D’Acampo and James Martin
  • the Great British Beer Experience
  • the Great British Bake Off

Find out more, and buy tickets, from the BBC Good Food Show Winter website.