Ultimate luxury golf holidays in Mauritius and Seychelles

Discover the luxury of playing golf on the Constance championship 18-hole golf courses set in paradise Indian Ocean locations.

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Savour the elegant luxury accommodation, refined fine dining, sumptuous spa and numerous activities and sporting facilities at Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

Our two championship 18-hole golf courses The Links and The Legend are home to the annual MCB Championship.

As a guest at Constance Le Prince Maurice you can enjoy:

  • Unlimited green fees at both courses
  • Blocked tee-off times
  • Unlimited bookings for tee-off times before arrival with our online concierge service
  • Free club cars
  • Free club rental if required
  • A non-stop shuttle to both courses from 7am – 7pm
  • A limousine service to courses is available
  • Access to our Marc Farry Golf Academy
  • A weekly complimentary golf clinic with one of our Academy pros so that you can time your lessons for when you want them.
Lémuria's incredible golf course

Lémuria’s incredible golf course

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

The beautifully secluded Lémuria hotel on Praslin is an elegant combination of luxury and traditional charm. With beautiful accommodation, 5* fine dining and a soothing spa it offers a perfect island escape for golfers looking to unwind.

The golf course at Lémuria has been described as one of the most beautiful in the world with its terraced greens looking down over the stunning Anse Georgette beach.

The variation of the course will keep even experienced golfers on their toes as it goes from relative flat, tropical parkland surrounded by mangrove forest to jungle-clad hills making the mandatory club cars extremely necessary.

The famous 15th hole will take your breath away as you tee off from a spectacular height with views out across the ocean and watch your ball fall more than 50 meters to the green below.

As a guest at Constance Lémuria you can enjoy:

  • Free green fees
  • Golf equipment available to rent
  • Club cars available to rent
  • Pre-bookings of tee off times for the first 2 days of your stay before you arrive (for the other days, booking can be done on site with 48 hours notice)
  • Golf lessons for groups or individuals with one of our resident professionals
  • A ‘Discovery Package’ including a 2 hour lesson, a 9 hole lesson and a 45 minute massage.

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Interview with Marc Farry on golf in Mauritius

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

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 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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Throwing off the fear of winning

Oscar Wilde wrote, “With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.”

The stage is set for the MCB Tour Championship 2013

The stage is set for the MCB Tour Championship 2013

It’s an adage the finest players on the European Senior Tour may not be aware of, but might ponder because they are all aware that late in their career they are being rewarded on the course for the many years of hard work that has gone before.

When I asked Colin Montgomerie to determine the difference between his prime and today he was open and forthright, although initially he joked: “Hang on, I’ve forgotten the question … that’s not a good sign, is it?”

More seriously he added, “I think we all relax more. I’m definitely more relaxed now than I’ve ever been. We’ve all been successful and have nothing to prove, so we relax and enjoy it. And you know what? You tend to do something better if you enjoy it.”

Of course Montgomerie had a stunning career which needs little polishing on the senior tours. He won 31 times on the European Tour (only three men have won more), represented Europe eight times in the Ryder Cup and won it as captain in 2010.

He nods when I ask him to discuss about the narrow margin between victory and close defeat.

“It’s a good question and one I have recent experience of at the AT&T Championship in San Antonio.

“What we, as golfers, all have to accept is that you lose a lot more than you win. If you win three times in a year that’s a great year, but you might have played 30 times so you lose quite a bit.

“At senior level I’ve seen a lot less fear of winning and yet there was a fear of winning on the main tour. No-one throws it away out here – we think: ‘We might as well just go and do it.’

“So the standard of play is very high because of that mentality. You can’t rely on others to make bogies, you’ve got to keep making birdies.”

The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage

“That’s what happened in San Antonio – I was two ahead with nine to play, played the back nine in level par and was overtaken by two men. Level par on these events is not good enough and it usually was on the main tour.”

David Frost understood Montgomerie’s point: “Definitely the players have lost that fear. I lost out to Russ Cochran recently – I had a lead with four holes to play, he birdied the last four holes and beat me by one shot!

“I also think that we don’t try so many things. When you’re young you try everything and it’s probably too much. When you get here, you use what got you here.”

Denmark’s Steen Tinning agrees: “You stop trying to be a world champion and you understand your limits.

“And once you are in the zone you keep going on the back nine. But it’s a long process which some of us just had to go through that. It takes a lot of years to gain that experience and I needed that time. Now I have it and I felt comfortable in contention this year.”

The stats back the Dane’s claims up – twice this year he held the lead with 18 holes to play and twice he converted the win.

Like the Montgomerie family, the Tinnings are enjoying the beach and all the facilities at Constance Belle Mare Plage this week. Both are hoping to put their lack of fear into practice if they are in contention come the final round on Sunday.

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Who are the top contenders at MCB Tour Championship 2013?

Golf journalist Matt Cooper reports on the forthcoming MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius

The MCB Tour Championship, held at The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The MCB Tour Championship, held at The Legend, Constance Belle Mare Plage

It may not be branded quite as obviously as the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, but the conclusion of the Senior Tour has its own version of a yellow brick road and a destination every bit as thrilling at the main tour. The aim for the seniors is to make the season’s final hurrah in Mauritius – at Constance Belle Mare Plage for the MCB Tour Championship.

It’s an event which seals the deal for 2013. After three days of competition on the Legends course the elite field will have been separated and we will know not only the identity of the tournament champion, but the Order of Merit winner and Rookie of the Year will have been crowned too.

In the last three years the trophy has twice been lifted by South Africa’s David Frost, either side of a win by American Tom Lehman. Both men are major championship winners, proof that the cream rises to the top in this event and that’s good news for Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie, who has been a new addition to the senior ranks in 2013.

Known to golf fans across the globe as Monty, he completed 31 victories on the European Tour (only three men have ever earned more) and he wasted little time adding a first senior win, claiming the Travis Perkins Masters at Woburn during the summer, only his third start on the Senior Tour.

The 50-year-old Scot has become a regular member of the Sky Sports commentary team in recent years, but he retains a fierce competitive spirit and has joined the senior ranks with specific aims. Unlike Frost and Lehman he famously never won a major title, but he intends to correct that in the senior versions of those events.

With that in mind he is keen to end the year with another win, as will his fellow Ryder Cup captains Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam who join him in the field alongside the reigning champion Frost.

In my time as a golf journalist I’ve been to many countries (from Finland to Turkey and Tenerife to Kazakhstan), but this will be my first visit to Mauritius and I’m buoyed by its reputation on tour as one of the best of the year. No-one seems quite sure what to rave about first – the golf course, the hotel, the location or the food.

They also look back to those past winners and remember one of golf’s oldest adages: quality venues reap quality winners. Follow #MCBGolf on social media to see if the trend continues.

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Read more from Matt on Twitter @MattCooperGolf or visit the blog Curious About Golf

 

Rookie Simon Brown wins Russian Open

Englishman Simon Brown celebrated his eighth senior tour appearance with a win at the Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior) at the Moscow Country Club.

Simon Brown wins the Russian Open

Simon Brown wins the Russian Open

In constant driving rain Brown held off runners-up Mike Harwood and Carl Mason with a 12 under par 204 total.

Having spent most of his golfing career as a professional at Rhein-Sieg Golf Club in Germany, the 55-year-old Brown described his win in Moscow as ‘life changing’.

Thanks to the €97,305 winner’s prize at Moscow, Brown moves from 51st to fifth in the European Senior Tour Order of Merit.

Scotsman Colin Montgomerie, Miguel Angel Martin and Steen Tinning made up a three-way tie for third place.

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Improve your golf in the Seychelles

Golf at Constance Lémuria is a combination of luxury, 5* service and an 18-hole golf course, often described as one of the most beautiful in the world.

Luxury golf holidays at Constance Lémuria

Luxury golf holidays at Constance Lémuria

Golf in the Seychelles

Lémuria is proud to offer the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles with greens that stretch across terraced mountainsides with breathtaking views over three stunning beaches and across the Indian Ocean.

Golf manager and pro at Lémuria, Gary Pouponneau, describes, ‘Although this is considered a difficult golf course guests love to play it because of its beautiful landscape. Whether you are a golfer or not you will definitely love the last six holes for their breathtaking view over neighbouring islands and the ocean.’

World Travel Awards Leading Golf Resort in Indian Ocean

Winner of the World Travel Awards Leading Golf Resort in the Indian Ocean five years running, Lémuria has extended the 5* standard and luxury of its hotel to its golf course.

You can even book your tee-off time before you arrive with our online concierge, and enjoy coaching sessions with golf pros and top class golf equipment to rent.

Lémuria's stunning 18 hole golf course

Lémuria’s stunning 18 hole golf course

Gary says, ‘The great advantage that golfers at Lémuria have is that they can play our course alone, that is something you never see on other golf courses around the world.’

Golf pros at Lémuria

Gary Pouponneau is an example of one of the golf pros on hand to help guests improve their game or learn the ways of the challenging course.

Gary has played professional golf around the world representing the Seychelles at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Scotland in 1997 and winning the Mauritius Open in 2003 and 2005. In 2008 he won the Basin Blue Open and in 2009 the Vanuatu Open.

He explains his ambition to become a golf pro and golf manager at Lémuria, ‘I decided I wanted to be the first Seychellois to be a qualified golf professional on the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles.

‘I was lucky that I was able to turn my hobby into a job. I love to be on the golf course everyday, whether I get to play or not at least I am not sitting behind a desk the whole day. I enjoy meeting some really great people and helping golfers improve their game.’

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