Matt’s Latest Golf Report

It has been a busy golf schedule for Matt on the EuroPro Tour, travelling and playing in back to back tournaments each week. Here is Matt’s latest report:

On July 10th I travelled several hours to play the Portal at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa in the EuroPro Tour. With a very steady first day I finished up at 1 under par, hoping the next day would be as smooth. Day 2 started similarly with a series of pars before two bogeys and a double on the 9th. On the back nine I managed to make up for this with an eagle and a birdie, leaving me on par for the tournament. Unfortunately, the cut line moved to just under par and I missed out on the third day by the narrowest of margins.

The EuroPro Tour at Caversham Heath near Reading on the 24th July was full of ups and downs, with many birdies but even more bogeys, which ended me on level par after day one and +2 after day two. Sadly, this was another missed cut, but I was hopeful for the next week, when I would have another chance to make my way into the third day.

The week of the 8th August I played in the EuroPro Tour at Mannings Heath Golf Club, which is a lovely course down in the South of England. At -2 after day one, I was hopeful to make the cut for the third day, but it was an agonizingly close missed cut again, as I ended on par after day 2.

The following week I played in the EuroPro Tour at Frilford Heath outside of Oxford, just down the road from me. Playing this familiar course was a real mixed bag, with two eagles keeping me hanging on until day three. I was happy to have made the cut but had a disappointing final day, leaving me on +4 to finish the 3-day tournament.

The results look like I have already secured a card for next seasons EuroPro to skip first stage Q school and go straight through to the finals so I’m very happy about this.

As always, thanks for the support and good luck with your own games.

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Since starting Chaka Travel in 1995 my staff and I have been fortunate enough to have played some amazing courses in far flung corners of the globe. We have included our favourite resorts and courses in this brochure and would be delighted to use our experience to ensure you get the most out of your next golf holiday. All of our holidays are tailored to suit individual requirements and as such the length of holiday, number of rounds as well as choice of airline and much more can be adapted to suit your needs.

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4 Constance Belle Mare Plage Mauritius
6 Constance Le Prince Maurice Mauritius
8 Le Touessrok Mauritius
10 Heritage Awali Mauritius
12 Heritage Le Telfair Mauritius
14 Anahita Mauritius
16 Mauritius Map
17 Other Mauritius resorts
18 Constance Lemuria Seychelles
20 Outrigger Laguna Phuket Thailand
22 Aphrodite Hills Cyprus
24 Verdura Sicily Italy
26 Argentario Tuscany Italy
28 Las Madrigueras Tenerife
30 Moon Palace Mexico
32 Le Blanc Mexico
34 Mar Menor Spain
36 Rovos Rail South Africa
38 Fancourt South Africa
40 Tailor Made South Africa
41 Escorted Tours South Africa

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The Datai Langkawi’s New Eco-Initiatives

Datai Langkawi Malaysia Poolview
Datai Langkawi Malaysia Poolview

When The Datai Langkawi reopened in December after an extensive renovation project, visually not much had changed, but under the surface a whole new model had been implemented. The resort’s general manager Arnaud Girodon described how they had intended to maintain the signature “Datai DNA” and celebrate its unique location on Datai Bay, once declared one of the top 10 beaches in the world by National Geographic, while reducing its environmental impact by introducing its new eco-initiatives.

The resort has renewed its commitment to protect this unique natural habitat, including an obligation to consume less energy, water and single-use plastic. Recycling and upcycling plants, a bottling plant and a permaculture garden have been created, alongside initiatives to protect the coral reef and surrounding areas. Artificial reefs are being built and monitored by its dedicated group of marine biologists from The Nature Team and other initiatives are engaging the local community and its fishermen.

The resort prides itself on being able to feature more locally grown ingredients and local seafood such as lobsters and a variety of reef fish.

Beachside Restaurant Datai Langkawi Malaysia
Beachside Restaurant Datai Langkawi Malaysia

The designer, Didier Lefort, stressed how the refreshed look is purposely unassuming, from the structure’s natural finish and artwork to the ergonomic design of the bath tubs. Nature also forms the base of the spa and well-being programmes, which include specially crafted holistic activities and wellness and beauty treatments.

The Nature Center Datai Langkawi Malaysia
The Nature Center Datai Langkawi Malaysia
Datai Langkawi Malaysia Spa Villa
Datai Langkawi Malaysia Spa Villa

Recently, the sustainability team confirmed that The Datai is certainly on track to achieving the Earth Check Certification by the end of the year. The resort is also on the way to achieve its targeted ‘zero waste to landfill’ status by the year-end. “The concept of ‘zero waste to landfill’ has been implemented to ensure that none of the resort’s waste becomes pollution in a landfill where it will continue to cause pollution,”

Giromella shares. Completing the circle is the resort’s Permaculture Garden, which the team hopes will eventually provide at least 55 per cent of its capacity by December, as the bigger trees like citrus, papaya and other tropical fruits take time to achieve full production.

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Permaculture Garden Datai Langkawi Malaysia
Permaculture Garden Datai Langkawi Malaysia
Canopy Walk Bridge Datai Langkawi Malaysia
Canopy Walk Bridge Datai Langkawi Malaysia

Former President Bill Clinton Visits Casa De Campo

Former US President Bill Clinton is just back from a visit to Casa De Campo where he has been a regular visitor to over the past 20 years. It didn’t surprise us to hear that the beautiful Dominican Republic was among the 42nd President of the United States favourite golf holiday destinations.

Casa De Campo is home to some luxurious golfing experiences, including the Teeth of the Dog course, the #1 course in the Caribbean.

Teeth of the Dog - #1 Course in Caribbean
Teeth of the Dog – #1 Course in Caribbean

Mr Clinton regards the Teeth of the Dog as one of his favourite courses on Earth but as it was closed for maintenance, on this occasion he played the La Romana course designed by Pete Dye.

Following Golf, Mr Clinton enjoyed a celebratory dinner at the resort’s SBG restaurant in its picturesque Marina. The Marina has a host of eateries and places to relax and enjoy a drink with a view after a day golfing in the sun.

Casa De Campo Marina
Casa De Campo Marina

After dinner the former President visited Altos de Chavón – an artisan village within the resort modeled after a 16th century Mediterranean city.
And if 3 golf courses isn’t enough to keep you and your family busy, the resort also has horse riding, tennis, a range of water sports and trapshooting!
Can you think of any other 5* resorts with three championship golf courses and a medieval city including a Colosseum? Me neither!

Altos de Chavón
Altos de Chavón
Altos de Chavón
Altos de Chavón

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Mauritius Top 5 Activities on this Indian Ocean Island Playground

Mauritius is one of the last sea jewels, a paradise island where you can relax and rejuvenate but also experience adrenaine-fuelled adventure and a range of land, sea and even air activities. Here is 5 must see activities for anybody embarking on a Mauritius holiday.

Chase Waterfalls & Volcanic Sands at Black River Gorges, Mauritius National Park

Chamarel Waterfall - Black River Gorges National Park
Chamarel Waterfall – Black River Gorges National Park

A volcanic island, Mauritius offers panoramic landscapes, sweeping coastal views, lush forests and roaring waterfalls. You can find all of these natural wonders on a hike through Black River Gorges National Park – a spectacular sanctuary of relaxation.
Set your own pace with an array of hiking routes for various abilities and moods. Don’t miss out on seeing the idyllic Chamarel Falls and the Iconic geological formation that is the Seven Coloured Sands.

Seven Colour Sands
Seven Colour Sands

Star Gaze from Ile Aux Cerfs Bubble Lodges

Lake & Sea Bubble Lodge - Ile Aux Cerfs
Lake & Sea Bubble Lodge – Ile Aux Cerfs

Ile Aux Cerfs is a small island off the east coast of Mauritius which is named after the stags which once roamed it’s forests. Arrive by catamaran, cruise or speedboat and enjoy a relaxing day exploring the islands coral reefs and beautiful lagoon, before retreating to a private bubble lodge to sleep under a blanket of stars.

Ile Aux Cerfs - Banyan Tree Bubble Lodge
Banyan Tree Bubble Lodge – Ile Aux Cerfs

Swim with Dolphins on a Mauritius Boat Excursion

A highlight for honeymooners is a dolphin boat expedition. Within 5 minutes of taking off in your private speedboat, silhouettes of the dolphins will already emerge within touching distance. Flippers and snorkels are provided for those who wish to get a closer look at the majestic creatures. And if you’re lucky, it is not uncommon to spot the massive tail fin of a sperm whale rise above the waters surface.

Casela Safari Park – Mauritius Adventure Park

Zipline over Casela Safari Park
Zipline over Casela Safari Park

Casela offers adventure packaged in various forms. Animal lovers could swim with dolphins, take a camel safari, walk with lions and bottle feed giant tortoises all in one day!
Active adventure lovers can have a go on a dry toboggan, alpine coaster or a scenic zipline. While the most daring visitors may opt for a adrenaline-fuelled go on the canyon swing.
At Casela, even just making your way around the park is exciting as you make use of segways, 4×4’s, quads and tree top bridges.

Giant Turtles - Casela Safari Park
Giant Turtles – Casela Safari Park

Play Championship golf on the home of the Mauritius Open

Heritage Golf Course
Heritage Golf Course

With some resorts offering free green fees on excellent courses bathed in natural beauty, Mauritius is considered a golfing mecca. Heritage Golf Course is a highlight with two rivers running through it as well as a 19th century mansion, Le Chateau de Bel Ombre which is surrounded by beautiful French Gardens.
Also not to be missed is both the Links & Legends Courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage. Home of the Mauritius Open, playing across the lagoon on the Legends course is a feast for the eyes and a test for the nerves.

This is only a glimpse of what the beautiful Indian Ocean Island nation of Mauritius has to offer, find out more about a once in a lifetime holiday to Mauritius at Chaka Travel