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.

Golfer’s paradise at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Already pioneers of golf in the Indian Ocean, at Constance Hotels we’ve just launched a new deluxe golf experience at Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

Legends course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legends course

Visitors to this jewel in the Constance crown will know Le Prince Maurice attracts a discerning clientele, offering unparalleled service in a discreet and understated manner.

Guests can now enjoy a first class golf holiday at this idyllic boutique-style hotel.

Play on championship golf courses

Our 2 championship golf courses in Mauritius, the Legends and the Links, are recognised by the PGA and other federations.

Situated at Constance Belle Mare Plage, a short drive from Le Prince Maurice, these 2 courses have been hosting the MCB Tour Championship, one of the tournaments on the European Senior Tour calendar, since 2009.

Stay at Le Prince Maurice, and you’ll enjoy the following luxury golf services:

  • Unlimited green fees at the Legend and the Links golf courses
  • Blocked tee off times on Legend and Links – 8.30, 10.30 & 13.30
  • Unlimited advance bookings for tee-off times before guest arrival
  • Free dedicated Constance Le Prince Maurice club cars on each course (including GPS, upon reservation & availability)
  • Complimentary high quality golf material (Cleveland 2012) available for use
  • Shuttle available non-stop for resident golfers every hour from 7am to 7pm
  • Limousine transfer to golf courses (payable, upon reservation & availability)
  • 30 minutes complimentary course discovery with a local professional (upon reservation on either course – The Links or The Legend)
  • Weekly complimentary golf clinic with a golf pro on the hotel putting green
  • Welcome pack: tees, pitch remover, score cards & golf brochures
Le Barachois restaurant, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Dining at Le Barachois, Le Prince Maurice

The Legend course, the first of its kind in Mauritius, designed by South African champion Hugh Baiocchi, is the crowning achievement of Constance Belle Mare Plage, located along one of the most superb beaches on the island.

The Links, opened in November 2002 was designed by Rodney Wright and Peter Allis.

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Weekly roundup, 18-22 July 2011

This weekly feature offers a roundup of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything. Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

Competitions

Sea anemone, Maldives

Sea anemone, Maldives

Name that sea creature: win champagne, perfume and wine

Our latest competition has been a huge success. We asked for your help to give a pet name to our friendly sea creatures, featured in photos on the blog. They live in the Indian Ocean off Constance Halaveli in the Maldives. Deadline: Friday 22 July.

Culinary

Recipe: Dark chocolate tart served warm with ginger milk foam

Want to create some of our chef’s amazing dishes yourself at home? Every Friday, we post some of the most amazing, delicious and popular recipes online. Try this delicious dessert from the Constance kitchen – it’s a chocoholic delight, and the ginger milk foam will wow your dinner guests.

Insider tips

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Summer wardrobe tips

Top tips for your holiday wardrobe

Our wardrobe tips from the experts, including Vogue.com and Style.com, will have you packing the sass in time for your holidays.

News and events

Constance Hotels Experience Sommeliers at VinExpo 2011, France

Our top sommeliers travel the world to find the best wines for our guests. Find out about their trip to the VinExpo 2011 in Bordeaux.

Inspiration

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Luxury golf holidays in paradise

Our 3 championship golf courses in Mauritius and the Seychelles are a big draw for our guests. Get the low down on each course, and find out how you can book golf lessons and tee times before you even board your plane.

Customer reviews: an excellent hotel… great golf!

Our guests give us a lot of feedback about our hotels, resorts and the luxury experience we offer. We thought it would be a good idea to share this feedback with you if you’re planning a special trip. Below are some of the comments we’ve had recently about Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius:

An Excellent H0tel!

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Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel, Mauritius

“Five of us visited this hotel in Dec 2010 for just over a week on a half board basis. The food was excellent, the rooms were of high quality, and we made use of the facilities like sailing and scuba diving – The sole criticism is around the electronic door lock that caused some access problems over a 2 day period. I would unreservedly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a relaxing beach holiday. .”

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Luxury golfing holidays

Great hotel and golf!

“We loved the hotel and both golf courses. The buffet dinner had a fantastic variety. It’s true that the drinks were expensive, but that’s what you expect at a top class hotel. We took the larger room, but I think the smaller one would have been fine as well.”

Read this review and others about Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel on Trip Advisor.

The DNA of a Golf Course

More than 60 million people play the little white ball game, making golf the most practised individual sport in the world.

But what’s the anatomy of a golf course? Are they just naturally stunning greens in luxury locations or is there a strategy behind a good golf course?

Golf courses – a balance between nature and design

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Lemuria luxury golf course - not just nature!

‘A golf course must be interesting to a player, the player must fight against it, it must be a challenge, not an ordeal!’ says Michel Benedetti – and he should know. He conceives and builds golf courses. In fact, he’s built more than a hundred courses in the world, including The Links and the Lémuria.

A golf course has 9 or 18 holes, fairways, roughs, greens, trees, flowers and a host of other wildlife. But underneath this delightful and seemingly effortless veneer of nature, lies meticulous planning and strategy.

The whole course has been designed and constructed, hole by hole, yard by yard, to ensure a varied and exciting golfing experience. It has to work for both professionals and amateurs.

A truly great golf terrain is thought out in meticulous detail and is a delicate marriage of design, architecture and nature.

Design and architecture of a golf course

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Lemuria luxury golf course - design and landscaping

A great golf course unites the elements: water, the lines of the ground, the subsoil – all in an area of fifty hectares for an 18-holes.

To begin with, designers need a good plot of land. The lie of the land itself and its irrigation systems will affect the end design of a course. But land can and is shaped by designers and architects to create the golf course they have in mind.

Like a car, a golf course can be a Ferrari, a Mercedes or simply a good touring car – it’s all down to good design and architecture.

Earthwork, drainage, canalisation, irrigation, grass, turf and fairway covering, sandpits – the list of things that go into creating and building a complex, luxury golf course are numerous.

Michel Benedetti says of his designers and architects: “we are a like experts out when we build a golf course; it’s a sum of our knowledge and experience which speaks.”

The maturity of a golf course

When it comes to nature, it’s not just the view and location that are important – so is the grass, plants, trees and foliage.

If you think of the earth and grass as the ‘mattress’ the golf ball bounces on, you can start to see how different grasses and soils have an effect on the ‘bounce’ of your little white ball.

The development of the roots and the density of the different types of grass selected for a golf course is essential – as is the soil quality. The maturity period or “growing establishment” of grass is also vital – get this wrong and the whole course could fail.

Ecology and golfing

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Ecology and golfing can go hand in hand

In the coming years, ecology is going to become more and more important to golf courses all over the world. A lot of research is already taking place to develop hybrid types of grass which will need lees fertilizers and less water – perfect for golf locations in hot, dry enviroments.

Equipment for golf course will increasingly rely on solar energy to offset the use of oils and motor engines or diesel which are currently favoured.

Saving endangered species of plants is also something many golf course designers are thinking about.

By combining natural beauty with expert design and architecture with an eye for conservation and ecology, golf course designers are able to give to golfers the best of everything: the feeling of playing among trees, an exceptional environment and the perfect technical golf course.

About Constance Hotels Golf Resorts

Constance Hotels Experiences has contributed a number of our own courses in our  hotels in Mauritius and Seychelles – they are renowned destinations for golf in the sun.

The Legend and The Links in Mauritius and The Lémuria in Seychelles are recognised the world over for both their architectural excellence and their idyllic settings.