The golf world is under the spotlight once again as Constance Hotels, Resorts & Golf group is hosting the MCB Tour Championship, from the 9th to the 15th of December 2019. Constance Belle Mare has fine-tuned the smallest details to better accommodate this key event in the Indian Ocean, for amateurs and professionals to tread the Legend’s mythical golf course. A unique and authentic experience in an idyllic setting around a passion for the little white ball!
The 2019 edition across the islands
This competition, which is Staysure Tour’s final step, was launched in Madagascar on the 27th of November and then moved to Seychelles from 2nd to the 8th of December. It is thus after these two rounds that the final step of the tournament will take place at Belle Mare Plage for a week.
For Raoul Gufflet, MCB Ltd.’s Deputy Chief Executive, the great innovation this year is, precisely, Madagascar’s inclusion on the MCB Tour Championship. “The main underlying idea is to highlight the Indian Ocean region, namely the countries where MCB has settled. The MCB Tour Championship, which is the Staysure Tour’s last leg and a tournament which brings together European Senior Pros, has an international scope. As a result, the impact of this competition in the international media will contribute in promoting golf tourism in the region. This tournament, which was the first one ever in Madagascar, was a very successful one, and I am convinced that it will put Madagascar in the limelight, as the country really needs it”, he explains.
Moreover, Raoul Gufflet also highlighted the “outstanding performance“of a Malagasy golfer during the competition, namely Jean-Baptiste Ramarozatovo. He ranked 7th in the MCB Tour Championship in Madagascar, while outperforming a number of senior pros. “At the MCB, we were amazed by this performance, and we have thus decided to invite Jean-Baptiste to take part in the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius, under MCB’s banner“, added Raoul Gufflet.
Hosting such a huge tournament requires impressive logistics. From the golf club staff to the hotels’ teams, around 800 hotel group employees will be at work throughout the tournament – from welcoming customers to the prize-giving ceremony. As for the golf course, the know-how of 75 experienced greenkeepers will de facto be a major asset in meeting the requirements of the Staysure Tour. They have thus worked hard to put the finishing touches to the fairways, the roughs or the bunkers. As for the greens, they require even more precision and the grass is cut a little shorter to match the speed at which professionals are used to. Also, over a hundred young caddies have been trained by Constance Hotels, Resorts & Golf to assist the players and update the scoreboard.
“A tournament of this magnitude requires a year’s work. There are a lot of little things that are gradually implemented,” says Sébastien Pilot, Golf Director at Constance Belle Mare Plage.
The “Indian Ocean Swing” now crowns the player with the most wins over the three steps in Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles, making the MCB Tour Championship a highlight for golf aficionados. Coming from Europe, Australia, Seychelles and Reunion, among others, 240 players will take part in Pro-Am, including professionals. A golden opportunity for golf enthusiasts to play alongside renowned professionals, such as Barry Lane, 2016 winner who has just won the first step of the MCB Tour Championship in Madagascar. Clark Dennis, 2018 winner will try to defend his title while Roger Chapman, Indian Ocean Swing 2018 winner, and former players of the Ryder Cup, including Peter Baker, Joakim Haeggman, Paul Lawrie, Phillip Price, Jarmo Sandelin and Ian Woosnam, will also be present.
Some milestones of the competition
- It is the ninth time this year that the MCB Tour Championship is hosted by Constance Belle Mare Plage.
- In 2018, the MCB Tour Championship incorporated two events in the Indian Ocean: the first was a European Tour Destination at Constance Belle Mare Plage, and the second, the very first professional competition in Seychelles.
- Roger Chapman was the first Indian Ocean Swing winner. He first ranked third at the MCB Tour Championship-Mauritius before winning the MCB Tour Championship-Seychelles. He was awarded the combined title of the Indian Ocean ‘King of the Swing’.
For more information: https://www.constancehotels.com/en/events/mcb-tour-championship/