Tom Lehman sounds a warning to MCB Tour Championship hopefuls

Tom Lehman has just ensured that there will be some sleepless nights among his challengers for the MCB Tour Championship next month as they strive to discover a way of overcoming him.

Lehman wins Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Tom Lehman

Tom Lehman

On his first visit to Mauritius a year ago, Lehman emerged victorious on the Legend course at the Constance Belle Mare Plage and he will arrive back on the island in arguably the best form of his life after destroying a quality field in the USPGA Champions Tour finale, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, this weekend.

The tournament, just held on 1-4 November 2012 at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, is the American equivalent of the MCB Tour Championship.

The 53 year old Lehman left the likes of Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Jay Haas, Fred Funk, David Frost and Corey Pavin chasing his shadow with a final round five-under-par 65 that left him with a six-stroke advantage at the close.

The $440,000 that Lehman picked up for a thoroughly clinical performance secured his place at the top of the Champions Tour order-of-merit for the second year in succession, making him the first player in the Tour’s history to achieve the feat.

Englishman Roger Chapman, winner of two Senior Majors this year, finished a highly creditable fourth in the season’s rankings after a disappointing final day at Scottsdale.

But it was Lehman who occupied centre stage in the latter part of the tournament. He trailed on the first 2 days after his rounds of 68 and 62 were eclipsed by the 66 and 60 of Jay Haas. But the man from Minnesota began to exert his authority in round 3 with a 63 and started the last day a shot ahead of Couples and two in front of Haas.

That was as close as anyone got to Lehman in the final round as he strode majestically to victory.

In the process, he served notice of intent to anyone good enough or brave enough to take him on in Mauritius. Now there’s an invitation.

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Competition: Play our golf game and win a bottle of wine

Play our new golf game on Facebook and you could win a bottle of Art de Vignes wine, specially selected by Constance.

Golf at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Golf game on Facebook

We’re counting down to the European Senior Tour MCB Championships in December hosted at the Constance Legend Golf Course in Mauritius.

On Monday each week for the next 5 weeks we’ll post a fun golf challenge on our Facebook page.

Week 1 – Let’s play

This week, we’re kicking off at the 9th Hole of the Constance Legend Golf Course. It’s a blind shot with 80m to the flag, and the wind is coming from the right. How would you play it?

Visit our Facebook page to enter the competition, watch a video sequence of the shot played at the course, and select which option you think is the right one.

Come back on Friday 9 November to watch a Constance Pro play all the options and see if you won.

Those who state correctly which shot gets closest to the flag will be entered into a prize draw to win a bottle of Art de Vignes wine, with the winner announced on Friday.

Visit Facebook to get started

Go to our Facebook page to get started on our new golf game set at the Legend Golf Course, Mauritius.

Top 5 reasons to play golf in Mauritius

Two 18-hole championship golf courses set in an idyllic island location is as close to holiday paradise as most golfers can imagine.

Golf courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Golf at Constance Hotels, Mauritius

Here are our top 5 reasons to play golf in Mauritius.

1. The courses

Situated at Constance Belle Mare Plage, the 18-hole, par 72 Legend Golf Course was designed by South African golf champion Hugh Baiocchi. It’s built to USPGA specifications using tif dwarf grasses.

David Frost, former MCB Open Champion, describes the course, ‘ At the Legend you can ensure a velvet-soft playing surface. The course has some great, challenging tee shots and under pressure you need to hit the fairways. From there it is target golf to the pins as well.’

Also located at Belle Mare Plage is the 18-hole Links Golf Course, par 71. Designed by award-winning course designer Rodney Wright and professional golfer and commentator Peter Allis, the Links includes a practice fairway to help you warm up before your game.

2. The Golf Academy

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Belle Mare Plage

At our professionally run Marc Farry Golf Academy, you have the opportunity to improve your game significantly during your golf holiday with Constance. We provide individual or group classes with our resident professionals at both courses.

Whatever your level the Marc Farry Academy Teaching Method will help you improve your grip, posture, alignment and ball position. We even provide lessons for kids so you can start to train the next generation of champions.

3. Après golf spa

Every golfer knows there’s more to golf than getting out there and hitting a ball which is why Spa de Constance offers a range of treatments and exercise programmes designed to loosen tensed muscles and soothe tired minds.

The popular golfer’s tonic offers a 45 minute stimulating massage  which aids in relaxing and preparing muscles, preventing injuries, improving suppleness and reducing the risk of inflammation before and after the golfing activities.

4. Location

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Golf in Mauritius is not just about challenging fairways and perfectly manicured greens, it’s about connecting with the stunning tropical environment. From the breathtaking mountain scenery and beauty of the Indian Ocean to spotting some of the island inhabitants such as local deer and Mauritius Fody, visiting Mauritius is a treat for all the senses.

5. Luxury hotels

Whether you choose Constance Belle Mare Plage set on a beautiful 2 kilometre white sandy beach or the secluded elegance of Constance Le Prince Maurice you’ll be sure of complete indulgence when you come off the green. Fine dining, beautiful beaches and luxury accommodation complete the picture of playing golf in paradise.

 

Constance Belle Mare Plage stages golf European Senior Tour in December

The European Senior Tour takes place at the Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, this December as part of the MCB Tour Championship.

European Senior Tour Winner 2011, Tom Lehman

Tom Lehman, winner in 2011

Golf fans visiting Mauritius from 7-9 December will be able to enjoy one of the most important European golf tournament series.

Last year, this first-class tournament provided some riveting golfing action, and this year is set to be no exception.

Find out more from the MCB Tour Championship website.

Thinking of planning a holiday to Mauritius? Discover more about our two resorts on the island, Constance Belle Mare Plage and the newly revamped Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Student plays golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage to raise money for charity

Student Matt Balmer raised over 2600 Euro for a Mauritian charity when he played at the Mauritius Golf Open in December 2011.

Matt Balmer and family presenting charity donation to Centre Joie de Vivre, Mauritius

Matt presents his donation to Centre Joie de Vivre

This summer, Matt returned to Constance Belle Mare Plage with his family to donate the money to Joie de Vivre, a special educational needs centre on the island.

In his own words, here’s Matt’s inspiring story.

I have been coming to Mauritius on holiday for the last 15 years with my family. We always stay at Belle Mare Plage.

Since I was 5 years old I have wanted to play in the Pro Am at the Mauritius Golf Open and in December 2011 my dream came true.

When I knew I was coming to the MGO, I decided to try to raise some money for charity – the Berkshire Autistic Society in the UK, and the Centre Joie de Vivre in Mauritius because my Mum was part of the Pink Ladies golf team that raised money for the centre 8 years ago.

Raising sponsorship

I got sponsorship from friends and family, and Constance Hotels kindly donated a 5 night stay at Constance Belle Mare Plage at auction.

I raised a good amount of money and donated 2,600 Euros to the centre in Mauritius while on holiday this summer.

I currently attend Cranleigh School in Surrey, UK and am studying for my A levels. I hope to go to Birmingham University to follow my passion for golf, and do an Applied Golf Management degree.

When I leave school next year, I want to take a gap year and hope to come back to Mauritius with a friend to do some voluntary work for Centre Joie de Vivre.

Find out more about golf at Constance Belle Mare Plage

 

Harper’s Bazaar escapes to Constance Le Prince Maurice

The latest edition of Harper’s Bazaar showcases Mauritius as one of the most luxurious destinations in the world, famous for its top-end hotels and high rate of return holidaymakers.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

In this month’s magazine, Lydia Bell reveals the delights of the newly refurbished Constance Le Prince Maurice – a ‘grown-up paradise where adults can indulge a sense of romance’ amidst a world of pampering and exceptional service.

Find out more on the Harper’s Bazaar website or buy the October issue from quality news stands now.

Tempted to book a late break or winter sun holiday?

Visit our website to find out more about availability at Constance Le Prince Maurice and rooms at Constance Belle Mare Plage.