A special golfing week in Mauritius on the Legend and Links courses

“We’ve been coming for years,” said my Constance Hotels & Resorts Pro-Am partner David pointing to the third member of our team, Patrice. “We love it here. You’ll see why over the next two days.”
Links at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Links course

 
Behind us, on day one of the tournament, was the driving range and first fairway at the Links course, Constance Belle Mare Plage. High on the hill we could see the rolling terrain, covered with rainforest, through which the course twists and turns.
 
This week is a special one for the resort and the golf courses. In addition to welcoming the world’s finest senior golfers for the MCB Tour Championship, amateur golfers from across the globe fly in to enjoy the Air Mauritius Trophy and/or the Pro-Am itself.
 
For David and Patrice, who are from London and Paris, their annual participation in the Pro-Am is the highlight of their golfing year – a week of fun competition which creates a buzz amongst guests at the hotel. “Everyone talks about the golf at night and congregates round the scores to see how they’re doing,” explains David, “it’s a brilliant atmosphere.”
 
“We also love the fact that Belle Mare Plage has two courses,” he adds. “That makes it stand out from the other resorts on the island because we can always get a tee time and aren’t restricted to one layout.”
 
They were right about one thing: as we made our way down our first fairway I immediately knew I liked the Links course. Undulating fairways creep between huge lumps of volcanic rock, water hazards and thick indigenous rainforest. 
Links course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Patrice rushes to see where David’s ball has gone on Links

The course, designed by Rodney Wright and Peter Alliss, calls for shot-making and it works for all levels of golfers: short hitters can plot their way round, big-hitters have the opportunity to take risks and gun for par-fives in two, or short par-four greens in one.
 
After concluding our day, David and Patrice, plus Marc Farry, our professional who also has a golf academy at the resort, grinned and told me I’d enjoy round two even more. “The Legend course is going to suit you,” they laughed and I wondered if they weren’t just flattering me a little too much.
 
It turns out they weren’t: the Legends course hosts the MCB Tour Championship this week and it’s little wonder that David Frost and Tom Lehman have excelled there. The course rewards an accurate long game – which is precisely why my team-mates suspected that my pit-a-pat drives and fairway woods would work well.
Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend golf course

 
It sounds a little peculiar – given that the trees are heavy with fruit and spices, and the foliage alive with vibrant tropical colours – but the track reminds me of a classic English tree-lined parkland venue (albeit the Bermuda grass greens are very different, as is the temperature and humidity!).
 
Most of the tee shots are hit down narrow funnels and if the course has one advantage over the Links it is that there are fewer blind shots. Only once does the course open up and when it does so, it does so in style when the dramatic 17th tee presents a wide panoramic view across a cove, over which you hit to a small par-three green.
 
David’s and Patrice’s enthusiasm for the courses and the competition, plus my liking for the Legends challenge, and a second pro (Spain’s Juan Quiros) whose fun attitude lifted our spirits in the heat, all contributed to earning us a top ten finish in the Pro-Am.
 
“See you next year?” asked Patrice with a smile. You know what? I quite fancy trying to make the top five in 2014.
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Learn with a pro at the Marc Farry Golf Academy in Mauritius

Indulge your dreams of discovering the perfect golf destination. At our two resorts in Mauritius, you can improve your game at our leading golf academy while enjoying a luxury holiday in the sun.

Golf at Constance Legend Course, Mauritius

Golf at Constance Legend Course, Mauritius

French championship golfer Marc Farry set up his academy with us in Mauritius, based at our two 18-hole championship golf courses the Links and Legend.

At Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage we share your passion for golf, and our pros are dedicated to helping you no matter what level you are.

Marc Farry Academy Teaching Method

Guests at both resorts can benefit from coaching in the Farry Academy Teaching Method. Choose from one-to-one or group coaching sessions. All sessions are organised to fit in with your own daily program.

At the Marc Farry Academy we even run individual and group courses for kids so that you can share your love of the game with your family.

Farry has based his teaching method on significantly improving four main areas:

  • Grip
  • Posture
  • Alignment
  • Ball position

Return home with techniques taught on the idyllic greens of our beautiful Mauritian golf courses, home of the MCB Tour Championship.

Links golf course, Mauritius

Links golf course, Mauritius

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Luxury the way you want it at Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius is the very last word in elegant luxury. From the warm friendliness of our staff to the serene romantic restaurants and accommodation everything is designed to give guests the ultimate holiday experience.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

For those longing for somewhere to rest and unwind we offer long unspoilt white sand beaches, secluded luxury accommodation and our indulgent Spa de Constance featuring treatments from Sisley and foot-care by Brice Nicham.

Those who want something more active will find Le Prince Maurice a grown-up’s playground with two 18-hole golf courses, a fully equipped gym with a range of classes, water-sports and the Indian Ocean to explore.

For some romance is fine dining at a table for two under the stars while for others it is mastering a new skill together: cooking haute cuisine, wine tasting, dancing or even scuba diving.

At Le Prince Maurice we offer you the luxury and indulgence to create your own experiences and we know they’ll be memories you’ll keep forever.

Video of Constance Le Prince Maurice

Watch our video to discover more about what it’s like at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Winners of the Constance Pro-Am golf tournament

Two of the leading candidates for the MCB Tour Championship, Roger Chapman and Gary Wolstenholme, warmed up for the event by collecting prizes in the Constance Hotels Pro-Am.

Constance Pro-Am winners (Net) at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Pro-Am winners, Net category

Wolstenholme picked up where Chapman had left off at the Links on the opening day to guide the trio of Nigel Lewis, Kevin Woolhouse and Garry Brandt into first place in the Net category.

The team was two points off the overnight leaders after their 88 points with Chapman at the Links but an impressive 92 points on the Legend with Wolstenholme saw them home from the fast-finishing David Frost quartet.

The South African helped his team of Ali Schatz, Claudia Franzen and Philipp Franzen into second place , two points behind the leaders, after they posted 96 points on the Legend, the best score of the day.

Jean Pierre Sallat had led the team on the previous day at the Links where they scored 82 points.

Third place, two points further in arrears went to Nicolas Neyraud, Pascal Delgrange and Valerie Challier, who were partnered by Sebastien Delagrange at the Legend in the first round for 90 points and by Jean Damien Yvet, with 86 points in round two at the Links.

The Gross category saw the team led by former Ryder Cup man Peter Baker come from behind to take the main prize.

Constance Pro-Am winners (Gross) at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Pro-Am winners, Gross category

Lying second after playing with Gary Emerson and accumulating 77 points on the Legend course, Jean Francois Vallet, Sylvia Valli and Ian Espitalier Noel teamed up with ex-Ryder Cup man Peter Baker to make 81 points at the Links.

That was enough to secure first place, two points ahead of the Chapman-Wolstenholme combination that had taken the Net title.

Overnight leaders Valerie Raffray, Razia Moollan and Natalie Serret, who were partnered at the Legend by Emerson, were joined on the second day by Steve Cipa and he helped to ensure they claimed third place, albeit six points behind the eventual winners.

Take a look at the full results of the Pro-Am 2012 Final Team results in Gross (without handicap)

Top 5 golf blogs

As we celebrate the MCB Tour Championship this week at Constance Belle Mare Plage, gem up on all things golf with our choice of the top 5 golf blogs.

Mark Mouland, golfer

Mark Mouland, golfer

1. Golf Blogger UK
Includes all the latest news and dates of the major tours in the UK and worldwide. Also features golfing weather forecasts and Golfing World video news.

2. Sandbox8
A golf products’ review blog that goes much further to incorporate news, reviews, features and interviews as well as recommendations for other websites and blogs.

3. World Golf
Compiles some of the best bloggers writing about golf together on one site. Famous bloggers from The Accidental Golfer to Brandon Tucker are all here giving their views, news and reviews on the latest issues in the world of golf.

4. The Sand Trap
Regularly updated by different contributors, discussing everything from products and courses to whether it’s better to watch golf live or on high definition TV.

5. Life in the Rough
Popular blog by Mike Gray a passionate golfer hoping one day to fulfil his dream of becoming a golf pro. His chatty, lively style has drawn in readers from around the world to read his reviews, grumbles and tips.

 

Chapman and Lehman paired together

Roger Chapman’s coronation as European Senior Tour Number One at the MCB Tour Championship will start alongside defending champion Tom Lehman and former Ryder Cup player Barry Lane.

John Jacobs Trophy

Tom Lehman at MCB Tour Championship

Tom Lehman

Double Senior Major Champion Chapman will receive the John Jacobs Trophy at Constance Belle Mare Plage after sealing the Senior Tour Order of Merit title, starting the event with an unassailable €100,382 lead over Lane, who is trying to finish runner up for the second consecutive year.

Lehman won the MCB Tour Championship title last year by one stroke from South African David Frost, and the American will be looking for a similarly fast start to 12 months ago when he opened with a seven under par 65 to establish a first round lead of three shots.

Tee off on Friday 7 December

The trio will tee off at 10.50am on Friday and will be followed at 11.00am by the group of Frost, 2011 Order of Merit winner Peter Fowler and Tim Thelen, the American who is third in this year’s money list.

Englishman Paul Wesselingh, the winner of the ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship, is trying to overtake Fowler and break into the top four on the Order of Merit, and he will begin the final event of the 2012 season alongside SSE Scottish Senior Open winner Anders Forsbrand and Gary Wolstenholme, a two-time winner this year. Read more about Paul Wesselingh being named rookie of the year.

Denmark’s Steen Tinning kicks-off his Senior Tour career alongside Australian Mike Harwood and  Welshman Mark Mouland.

Read more on the European Senior Tour and MCB Tour Championship websites.