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

You can enjoy your own presidential golf holiday to Casa de Campo All-Inclusive or on a Bed & Breakfast basis with Chaka Travel.

Explore more golf in Mauritius with the Golf Passport!

Heritage Golf Club

The new Mauritius Golf Passport is now a reality.  An initiative from the Ministry of Tourism, the golf passport aims to build upon and strengthen the development of golf in Mauritius and help to support the industry during the low season.

This means it’s now possible to play all of the 18-hole courses in Mauritius at a uniform rate. From 1 May to 30 September 2016, the ‘Green Fee’ will be 50 Euros (Rs 2,000) on any of the eight 18-hole golf courses on the island. This rate does, however, exclude the rental of golf carts.

At the initiative of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Xavier Luc Duval, golfers who are resident exclusively in golf hotels from May to September 2015 will receive their free golf passport.

 

Belle Mare Plage

“The operation of the Golf Passport is simple,” said Michael Geerdharry, president of the Mauritius Golf Tourism Association. “Once your golf hotel booking is binding, you can contact your resort’s Club House and make reservations at the golf courses of your choice. The payment of the Green Fee will be on-site, on the day of play, directly to the golf course you’ve booked to play.”

The participating golf courses are as follows:

18-holes

Belle Mare Plage Legend

Belle Mare Plage Links

Four Seasons Golf Course at Anahita

– Gymkhana Golf Club

Heritage Golf Club

Ile Aux Cerfs Golf

Tamarina Golf

Paradis Golf

9-holes (two rounds played from different tee-off points)

– Le St. Geran Golf

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Reblog: Stuart & Mark Visit Mauritius – Golfers Paradise!

6 amazing courses in 6 days! By Stuart Thompson

Day 1

After leaving wet and windy Northern Ireland it was nice to arrive in Mauritius on a warm and sunny Saturday morning. After a floral welcome by Mauritours who are the local company who have looked after our clients for over 15 years we took the picturesque coastal road to Belle our first stop the Belle Mare Plage Golf and Spa Resort. Upon arrival, it was the usual Mauritian welcome making you feel special from the moment you arrive until you leave. Having been to the Belle Mare Plage a few times before it was nice to see the hotel now it has undergone a minor facelift with new soft furnishings which worked in the bright and welcoming rooms. The resort as a whole hasn’t changed much at all and has everything you could want with a great beach and two fantastic golf courses. We started off on the Legend course with the first round of the Chaka Staff Challenge and Mark took advantage of a glass or two of champers on the 15th hole to boost himself after the long journey and stormed away over the last 3 holes to take an early 1-0 lead.

Mark and Stuart's Golfing holiday in Mauritius

Golf – Legend
The course itself is a test from the 1st to the last tee box with water on nearly every hole but being a championship course that hosts a senior European tour event you have to expect a challenge! It’s a fantastic walking course, very scenic with herds of deer quietly wandering the course.

Golf – Links
A friendlier course for the higher handicaps with more open fairways and less water but not an easy course to score on as it’s tricky around the greens.

Hotels

Belle Mare Plage
A fantastic all-round resort with a great beach, great service and rooms to match, if the budget fits I would recommend the Junior Suite for a little extra space.

Mark and Stuart enjoying champers at Legend golf course at Belle Mare Plage Resort Mauritius

Mark and Stuart enjoying champers at Legend golf course at Belle Mare Plage

Day 2

We had a great start to the day with breakfast on the beach before heading off to visit the luxurious Le Prince Maurice, another amazing resort which as a sister hotel to the Belle Mare Plage enjoys unlimited free green fees on the Links and Legend courses. We then proceeded to the New Long Beach and Palmar resort before heading for lunch at the Four Seasons. I was very excited to see the hotel and golf course for the first time and hopefully get my first win on the island in the “Chaka match”! Although I played a solid 18 holes Mark played well on the back nine and I came out on the end of another beating: Mark 2-0!

Golf – Four Seasons
Favourite hole 4th – I fantastic long par 5, not the hardest hole on the course but you have to be careful of your shot towards the picture perfect green as a little too much to the left and the Indian Ocean will swallow up your ball. Knowing the amount of money that had been spent on building this course, I automatically started looking for faults, but in my opinion it didn’t have any apart from the stroke index when you are playing someone! It is as I would describe as a “real holiday golf course with open fairways to allow the odd push/pull shot but it can be tricky round the greens – but suitable for all golfers of any handicap”

The superb Four Seasons Anahita golf course Mauritius

The superb Four Seasons Anahita golf course Mauritius

Hotels

Le Prince Maurice
From the minute you walk into this hotel it oozes class! Everything is of high standard from restaurants to rooms along with excellent customer service. This hotel is perfect for a quiet romantic getaway.

Long Beach
This new hotel is very contemporary and vast. I think it is going to be perfect for families with the Piazza in the evening having restaurants with music and it offers something a little different for Mauritius.

C Mauritius
A great little hotel with a fantastic beach and always has a good atmosphere, perfect for those on a budget or attending a wedding at Belle Mare Plage.

Four Seasons
If your clients are looking for a hotel that has the Wow factor then this is the one! Every room is furnished to the utmost luxury and perfect for relaxing. On the downside the beach is just okay and the resort is quite big therefore a lot of walking from rooms to eateries.

Anahita
Built adjacent to the Four Seasons is more of a luxury self-catering establishment with half board as an option. It is a very relaxed resort with great facilities, the tiny plunge pool on the balcony is a great touch.

Four Seasons Golf Course at Anahita

Four Seasons golf course at Anahita

Stuart avoiding an unusual feature on the fairway at Four Seasons Anahita golf course

Day 3

After breakfast at our villa in Anahita we headed to the jetty to catch our speedboat to Ile aux Cerfs for golf at Le Touessrok. It is not every day that you get to go on a speedboat to play golf therefore I was looking forward to making my second trip to this wonderful course. Having played the course before we knew not to play off the black tees as it can be one of the biggest tests in golf if windy! The course hasn’t changed it is still very tricky with long carries from tee to fairway but still a must if you visit the island. After 3 days on the island I had my first win in the match to make it 2-1, Mark lost his swing early on with the tight http://propeciafinasteridestore.com fairways and the wind and never got it back all week – this could be the turning point ? After the speedboat transfer back to the jetty we headed across the island for hotel inspections around in Grand Baie.

Golf – Le Touessrok
A tough course, my favourite hole is the18th, you have to drive to a postage stamp of a fairway and for your second shot from about 150 yrds over mangroves to the small two tiered green.

Hotels

Le Mauricia
Great little hotel in a lively part off the island, rooms are basic but bright and clean. Perfect for couples/families looking a resort close to shops/bars.

Royal Palm
Across from the sister property Le Mauricia but totally different standard, some people say this is the best hotel on the island. It is very grand and the layout of the hotel is fabulous. The beach and hotel rooms are also fantastic. The rooms are very elegant but designed for the older couples.

Trou Aux Biches
Last time I saw this resort it was a building site with show rooms which were fantastic and therefore I was excited to see the finished product. Unfortunately the resort was fairly empty and as such lacked atmosphere and when it matures it will get better.

Day 4

We had a lovely drive down the coast towards the west off the island to the new Tamarina hotel, I was looking forward to seeing this one as I had heard mixed reports but wanted to create my own impression. It was a gem of a hotel, boutique style and all 50 rooms are very well appointed and are set along the bay with the restaurant overlooking the stunning beach. It is a perfect place to relax after golf or on honeymoon. After lunch we were transferred up to the golf course for the all-important match on the Tamarina course which could see Mark in a position where he couldn’t lose, but I am pleased to say that I took the spoils again and now it was 2-2! So back to the clubhouse for Mark to reflect over a couple off beers and see where it went wrong.

Tamarina Golf Course
Set in the back drop off the mountains this is a good course with tight fairways and some really interesting holes. I have to say my favourite hole is the 13th signature hole as the view is fantastic. On a whole the course is again suited too all golfers but if it is windy it can be a long walk.

Tamarina Hotel Mauritius, Tamarina Golf Course Mauritius

Beach from the restaurant at Tamarina Hotel

Stuart watching at Tamarina Golf Course

Day 5 Crunch time!

Heading off from the lovely Tamarina and having enjoyed the hospitality our next stop was the spectacular back drop off Le Morne. If you know this area then you will remember that It has some of the best beaches on the island. Out first stop was Les Pavilions followed by visits to Dinarobin & Paradis and then our crunch golf match at Paradis! After a late night I was a bit worse for wear and as Mark had wisely headed to bed at a semi-sensible hour I felt Mark was quietly confident. The course itself has forgiving fairways and very little water with lush greens and with a couple of holes at the foot of the mountain it sets a spectacular scene. Mark’s early night didn’t pay off as I was on a roll in the Chaka challenge now and leading 3-2! All set up for the last day.

Golf – Paradis
Favourite hole – 16th set on the edge off the bay the water comes into play on every shot off this par 5 and when putting on the green the views off the mountains and the ocean in the back ground is something else.

Paradis golf course, Mauritius

Steven Shearer Heritage Golf Director with Stuart

Stuart at Paradis golf course Mauritius

Hotels

Heritage Awali
A fantastic hotel with a lot to offer, spacious rooms, great beach and a fantastic choice of restaurants. The spa area is excellent and I have always enjoyed excellent food here, especially the lobster.

Heritage Le Telfair
Again a superb hotel and one of my favourite hotels on the island. It is the sister hotel of the Awali but the stylish French colonial design offers something different with a touch of class.

Day 6 – winner takes all

After an early morning walk on the beach it was off to meet Mark for breakfast, after this we headed off on the short journey to the golf course. There we met up with our old friend, golf pro Steven Shearer. The course is a course for golfers of all handicaps with the very well designed holes and undulating greens. Thankfully after the 18 holes I was victorious and glad to be taking home the Chaka challenge trophy. After a memorable 6 rounds it was off to the clubhouse for lunch and a few beers in the hope that I could console Mark after losing in a 2-0 lead.

Golf – Heritage
My favourite hole is the 9th which is a risk & reward par 4 with water on each side of the fairway, if you take a driver or an iron off the tee it has to be accurate. I say risk & reward as the green is driveable.

Sadly this was the end off the trip, I hadn’t played 4 Seasons before and it was superb but Heritage in my opinion still is the finest course on the island. All in all an amazing week reinforcing my love for the island.

Colourful street, Mauritius

Colourful street scene in Mauritius

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The Golf Guide: RACE TO MAURITIUS 2016!

The European Senior Tour has a schedule and an ethos that any golfer would be envious of – travelling around Europe, enjoying fierce but friendly competition, playing on some of the finest courses you could imagine. And best of all? It all leads to a grand conclusion on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.
Hang on – sound familiar?
It should do. Because if the European Senior Tour has it lucky, with a potent blend of rivalry, fun, great courses and a superb finale, so too does the Golf Guide Race to Mauritius.

Race to Mauritius

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2015 European Senior Tour season had been much like 2014 in one resounding respect: Colin Montgomerie has dominated it. In fact, it would be safe to say that the 52-year-old Scotsman has been reinvigorated since hitting the senior section.
We all remember that he dominated the European Tour for 15 years from the early 1990s, winning eight Order of Merit titles, but the last of those came in 2005. There was a brief return to competition, albeit in the form of his captaincy of the European 2010 Ryder Cup team, but Monty missed the buzz – his life lacked cut and thrust of being in contention.
If you hadn’t guessed as much, his results since celebrating his half-century have more than proved it. Put simply, Monty is a golfer reborn, claiming three senior major championships in the States and taking his home tour apart in a manner that echoes his success on the European Tour.
He travels to Mauritius having claimed seven European Senior Tour titles in just 15 starts over two and a bit years. With two wins this year he is already assured of lifting the John Jacobs Trophy, awarded to the number one player on the Order of Merit, but he’s hungry for success on an island where his two previous visits have both reaped frustrating results.
“I have finished sixth here for the past two years,” he says, “so an improvement on that would be nice. But irrespective of where I finish, I am sure I will enjoy the tournament because it is a beautiful place and a wonderful week. “I and my family have had a fantastic time on our two trips to Constance Belle Mare Plage and we’ve been treated like royalty. The service and hospitality have been second to none so we’re all looking forward to returning.”
It’s a theme that is repeated by Englishman Paul Wesselingh, unsurprisingly perhaps because he has the chance to complete an unprecedented hat-trick of titles having won in both 2013 and 2014.

Wesselingh’s story is an inspiration for every golfer from hacker to professional because he never once gave up the dream of competing at the highest level and of making the most of his love of golf.
“I played off 12 as a 16-year-old,” he explained after his first win two years ago. “I trained as an accountant but it wasn’t for me. I wanted to be a club pro and I also gave European Tour Q School a bash but I wasn’t good enough.”
He refused to let the dream slip however and when he noticed his game mature in his early 40s he swiftly targeted the Senior Tour, improving his fitness and honing his competitive instincts on the minor tours. The commitment has proved worthwhile as he became Rookie of the Year in 2012, won the Order of Merit 12 months later and arrives in Mauritius still high on the experience of not only taking on his idols but beating them.

“All levels of golfers have said I’ve motivated them,” says the Lancashire born http://bestacnedrug.com golfer, “and I hope so. Golf is a sport that always offers a challenge.”
He’s also aware that he has a secret weapon at Constance Belle Mare Plage. “The sea,” he laughs. “I have a swim before the round and then I have another one afterwards. It’s one hundred yards from the first tee to the sea, with my room in between – why wouldn’t you?”

Race to Mauritius

Like Wesselingh, amateur golfers can always aim higher. And also like Wesselingh they can aim for a prize in the middle of the Indian Ocean. 2015 saw the first ‘Golf Guide – Race to Mauritius’ in partnership with golf holiday experts Chaka Travel, who since 1995 have sent more golfers to Constance Belle Mare Plage than anyone else in the world.
This year’s Race to Mauritius saw Rob Cooper and Luke Eustace emerge victorious and their prize is an all expenses paid trip to Mauritius, staying at Constance Belle Mare Plage – Yes, the very resort which the legends of European Tour golf head to at the end of every season!
Like those top senior professionals the Race to Mauritius first makes it way from one great venue to another – from the rock and roll associations of The Astbury to the history of Hillside and Hesketh, from Silloth on the west coast to Hexham on the east coast, from Open Championship qualifying courses to the home of golf itself.
It’s a blend that the seniors would recognise and appreciate. It provides the opportunity to enjoy the heat of battle that Montgomerie missed, the chance to make the most of your game that Wesselingh has enjoyed, and the prospect of a great golf resort at the end of it.

Race to Mauritius

The Legends Course which hosts the MCB Tour Championship is a tight and technical layout that is perfectly suited for the canny golfer. Tee shot accuracy is at a premium and yet length can pay because the four par-fives can each be attacked by the long driver.
If it is smart to stay straight from the tee, it also pays to keep your eyes open to your surroundings because there are not many courses that boast vivid red flame trees as the backdrop to greens, or witness a herd of java deer cross the final fairway to take a dip in the lake, or be offered the unlikely (but genuine) refreshment of tamarind, plucked fresh from the tree by your caddie when you stray from the fairway.
Unlike any other resort on the island Constance Belle Mare Plage boasts a second course, the Links, and whilst it is not a links layout that any wizened Scotsman might recognise, it offers a subtly different test to the Legends.
The Links is wider from the tee, with bigger greens and rolling terrain that was formed by volcanic eruptions of the long distant past (indeed some shots will be played over volcanic outcrops and lava tracks).
Put together the courses offer a great challenge, with views of the island’s mountains and the lagoon that sits alongside the resort.

Race to Mauritius

Throughout the week of the MCB Tour Championship, the two courses play host to a series of amateur tournaments, in addition to the Senior Tour finale. The result is something of a festival of golf that echoes the Race to Mauritius. Golfers from across the world flock to the resort that week, testimony to the quality of the courses and the hotel – and proof that the Race to Mauritius prize is worth winning. Get in touch with the Golf Guide or Chaka Travel for more information.

Editorial – by Matt Cooper.

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Business Class special for Constance Belle Mare Plage 2016!

12 nights Half Board at Constance Belle Mare Plage

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Constance Belle Mare Plage Golf and Spa Resort is a superb resort with a relaxed informal atmosphere which we can’t recommend highly enough. We have visited the Constance Belle Mare Plage resort many times and it just seems to get better and better.

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