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.

Golf competition: Week 4, The Result

Find out the result of this week’s golf competition – did you choose the right option, and are you the winner?

The Constance Legend 4th hole. Lob shot.

Watch this short video of our golf pro playing the three shots at the Constance Legend Golf Course.

 

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Gianfranca Mazza, the winner of week 4′s prize draw.

It could be you next time

Come back on Monday 3 December to test your golf skills in the final week of our golf competition.

We’re counting down to the start of the European Senior Tour MCB Championships at Constance Belle Mare Plage on 7-9 December.

Last week’s results

If you missed the results from the last 3 weeks, visit our Facebook page to watch the videos and find out which shots were correct.

Stage is set for the MCB Tour Championship

Top golfers are arriving in Mauritius as they gear up to play in the MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage next weekend.

Legend golf course at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Legend golf course

Events begin from 3 December, with the main championship taking place from 7-9 December.

Top players from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean will be lining up at the Constance Legend course for a shot at Tom Lehman’s crown.

Among the field of 48 who will tee off for the first round on Friday 7 December will be a host of title winners from the past 12 months, two order-of-merit champions, a past Open Championship victor and five former Ryder Cup selections.

We’ll be bringing you updates, stories and scores from the championship as the event unfolds.

Read more about the championship and find out who’ll be playing in Mauritius:

Competition: Play our golf game on Facebook

Play our fun golf game on Facebook and you could win a bottle of Art de Vignes wine.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Legend Course, Mauritius

Week 4 – Let’s play

Watch this very short video to see where the ball is. Say correctly how you would play the shot and you could win a bottle of Art de Vignes wine.

This week we’re at The Legend 4th hole, Par 5. It’s a lob shot, 20m to the flag with the wind coming from the right.

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

Come back on Friday 30 November to watch a Constance 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 with the winner announced on that day.

MCB Championship

We’re counting down to the European Senior Tour MCB Championship in December 2012 hosted by Constance Hotels & Resorts in Mauritius. On Monday each week for the next 2 weeks we’ll present you with a fun golf challenge to play on Facebook.

Previous results

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