Mauritius FAQs

Mauritius – One of the Best Year-round Destinations for Golfing Holidays

Mauritius offers a collection of world-class golf courses by renowned golf designers, in tropical settings and with perfect, year-round golf weather. Mauritius offers the best value from April through to June and Sep into October. That said, the subtropical climate means the weather is suitable for golf all year-round and the heat is never unbearable. Mauritius was named 2016 Golf Destination of the Year for Africa, Gulf States and Indian Ocean region, the second time it has won this award.

Our team at Chaka Travel have put together answers to some FAQ about the paradise island.

What are the Best Golf Resorts in Mauritius with golf courses on site or nearby?

You don’t have to travel far or arrange transfers to the golf courses in Mauritius if you stay at the right resort. Our favourite golf resorts in Mauritius either have golf courses on site or a short drive away by shuttle bus, or even better, by boat! Here are our recommendations for Mauritius resorts with golf courses nearby:

  • Our top pick is the Constance Belle Mare Plage which has two 18-hole championship golf courses on site, the Legend Golf Course and the Links Golf Course.
  • Next door to the Belle Mare Plage is the Constance Le Prince Maurice, just 10 mins from the two golf course at the Belle Mare Plage.
  • The newly opened Constance C Palmar is further down the east coast and only 10 mins from the two excellent golf course at the Belle Mare Plage. Within 25 minutes are two further courses at Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius Anahita and the Ile Aux Cerfs island golf course.
  • 5 minutes by shuttle from the Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita is the newest and most spectacular golf course in Mauritius, the Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius Anahita.
  • Anahita Golf & Spa Resort is right beside the Four Seasons Golf Club Anahita.
  • Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort is just 5 minutes from the Heritage Golf Club. The golf course adjoins the resort so you can take a golf cart directly from the hotel to the course.
  • Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort – again the Heritage Golf Club is only a 5-minute transfer from the resort on the shuttle bus.
  • Shangri La’s Le Touessrok Mauritius – the Ile Aux Cerfs island golf course may be 15 mins via boat, but what an exhilarating way to travel to the golf course!
  • Sugar Beach Resort & Spa is just a short drive away from Tamarina Golf Club.

Not only are these golf courses convenient to the resorts, but these Mauritius hotels also provide free green fees to hotel residents.

Map of Top Mauritius Golf Resorts and Golf Courses

What are the 10 Best Golf Resorts in Mauritius with Free Green Fees?

You don’t have to budget for green fees in Mauritius as most of the golf resorts offer complimentary green fees in the hotel rate for golfers. Some hotels even include golf buggies and allow Chaka Travel to pre-book your tee times in advance. As a hotel resident you don’t have to worry about the cost of a round of golf as with free green fees, Mauritius presents excellent value for money to golfers, especially for the keen golfers who like to play golf every day.

    • Best value is the Constance Belle Mare Plage where residents have complimentary access to the two 18-hole championship golf courses on site, the Legend Golf Course and the Links Golf Course.

Next door to the Belle Mare Plage is the Constance Le Prince Maurice, offers free daily golf on the two golf courses at the Belle Mare Plage.

  • The newly opened Constance C Palmar offers free daily golf on the Constance Belle Mare Plage’s two Championship golf courses. [as above link to http://www.chakatravel.com/hotel/c-palmar-by-constance-19600 on GOLF anchor] Free shuttle transfers and buggies are included in Chaka Travel’s prices.
  • The Anahita Golf & Spa Resort offers the ultimate golfing experience, with complimentary golf on two exceptional 18-hole golf courses: Anahita and Ile Aux Cerfs island golf course. Golf is complimentary on both courses which includes green fees, 55 practice balls and 1 hour of daily golf initiation. Golf cart is available with a supplement.
  • The Four Seasons Resort Mauritius offers complimentary unlimited golf at the Four Seasons Golf Club – including green fees, golf cart with GPS and a pyramid of golf balls.
  • At the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort golfers enjoy free green fees at the Heritage Golf Club.
  • Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort – resident golfers enjoy free golf on the spectacular award winning 18-hole Heritage Golf Course.
  • Shangri La’s Le Touessrok Mauritius includes free daily golf on the iconic Ile Aux Cerfs island golf course.
  • Long Beach Resort includes free daily golf at the nearby iconic Ile Aux Cerf Golf Club and the Anahita Golf Club.
  • Sugar Beach Resort & Spa offers golfers complimentary green fees at Tamarina Golf Club.

Where to Book a Competitive Golf Package to Mauritius

To avail of the free golf offers and to get the best value and service it is best to book with a specialist UK-based golf tour operator, who can advise on when the best deals are available. Specialist golf tour operators will have half-board and all-inclusive golfer packages which include green fees and sometimes range balls in the deal.

They will be able to ensure there is flight availability before booking your accommodation as they have access to the full range of flight options at the best prices.

They will arrange your airport transfers in advance, whether you want a luxury car or more competitive shared transport. They will also be able to advise on the best time of year to travel, on which course you will need a golf cart and can help you by booking your tee times in advance. Chaka Travel are one of the biggest providers of golf holidays to Mauritius and the 5-star EXCELLENT rating on Trust Pilot speaks for itself. They will take the hassle out of arranging your golf holiday to Mauritius by giving you expert advice on the best choice of resort and golf courses for you, and by booking your flights, accommodation, airport transfers and golf tee times in advance.

Is the East or West coast of Mauritius better for Golf Holidays?

Golfers are spoilt for choice as both the east and west coast of Mauritius offer a range of scenic coastal golf courses.

The eastern coast of Mauritius is an untouched, verdant stretch of paradise, perfect for golfers who appreciate scenic coastal views while golfing. On the East coast you have the Links Golf Course and the Legend Golf Course, two fabulous 18-hole courses at the Constance Belle Mare Plage, home of the Mauritius Open. Further down the east coast, you have the unique Bernhard Langer designed island course, Ile Aux Cerfs island golf course, at Shangri La’s Le Touessrok Mauritius. This is one of the most scenic golf courses in Mauritius with the added thrill of boarding a boat with your clubs to access the island course. Not far away is the Ernie Els designed Four Seasons Golf Club Anahita, the newest championship golf course on Mauritius, and one that could quite quickly become the best in Mauritius. Home to the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open 2018 – the only worldwide tri-sanctioned tournament endorsed by the European, Sunshine and Asian Tours. The six stunning oceanfront holes culminate in a final shot that is among the most spectacular in the world.

The west and south-west of Mauritius offer a wide variety of golf courses. On the west coast of Mauritius is the Tamarina Golf Course, more protected and generally less windy than other courses. In the South West is the Heritage Golf Club, host to the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, and accessible from either the Heritage Awali or Heritage Le Telfair. The course designed by Matkovich & Hayes offers magnificent views of both the sparkling ocean and the mountains. Recognised as one of the Top 10 golf courses in Africa and winning the title of “Best golf course in the Indian Ocean” at the World Golf Awards (2014 & 2015 & 2016 ), this award-winning course provides an enjoyable yet challenging experience for golfers of all handicap levels.

On the south-west tip of Mauritius is Le Paradis at Le Morne, set out on a promontory against the backdrop of Le Morne Peak, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a magnificent setting for a golf course. The course is not too difficult, but has a lot of water and offers several challenges, especially on the holes along the coast.

What are the Best All-Inclusive Golf Resorts in Mauritius?

There are several first-class golf resorts in Mauritius offering an all-inclusive board with free golf. Favourite all-inclusive resorts with our clients are:

  • Constance Belle Mare Plage 5* – offers an all-inclusive upgrade to their ‘Cristal All Inclusive Package’ [include a link to the relevant part of the page on http://www.chakatravel.com/hotel/constance-belle-mare-plage-2151]
  • Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort 5*
  • Heritage Awali Golf and Spa Resort 5*
  • Constance C Palmar 5*
  • Ambre Golf and Spa Resort 4*
  • Tamarina Hotel Golf & Spa 4*

Can you Learn Golf while on Holiday in Mauritius?

Many golf resorts in Mauritius have a resident PGA golf pro and offer coaching sessions with the golf pro either individually or as a group. For example, the Four Seasons Golf Academy offers one hour of free golf initiation daily to all guests. Anahita Golf & Spa Resort offers one hour of golf initiation every day to the Resort’s guests. The Heritage Golf Club offers expert tuition for adults and kids from a resident Golf Pro. For kids new to golf, The Heritage offers SNAG classes (Starting New at Golf method). The Belle Mare Plage has its own golf academy with professional and qualified golf instructors. Coaching sessions are available both individually and in a group.

What Skill Level or Handicap do I Need to Play Golf in Mauritius?

Golfers at all skill levels can enjoy the golf courses just as well as the most demanding professional players. With the diverse range of golf courses in Mauritius, you will find a choice of golf courses catering to whatever level you play at. Use our experts at Chaka Travel to guide in choosing the right Mauritian resort and golf courses for your skill level

What to Wear on the Golf Course in Mauritius.

The dress code is quite relaxed for players on golf courses in Mauritius. Generally, any golf attire suitable for warmer weather is acceptable.

For Ladies, with the warm Mauritius weather, shorter slacks such as capris, crops or shorts are advised. Skorts (a combination of a skirt and shorts) and golf dresses are also popular choices. For Gents, light-weight golf trousers, golf shorts and a polo or collared shirt are all acceptable. Not forgetting a golf cap or wide-brim hat for sun protection, although a golf buggy will also offer good protection from the sun.

For anyone travelling without their full golf equipment, it is possible to buy golf clothing or to hire either golf clubs or shoes. For example, Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club’s extensive Pro Shop has everything you could possibly need, from sunscreen to golfing attire, shoes, balls and more. If you have left your clubs or shoes behind but don’t want to buy, they also offer the option of hiring clubs or shoes.

What are the Top 10 Golf resorts with Luxury Spa Facilities in Mauritius?

Mauritius caters not only for golfers but for spa lovers as well. For a post-golf massage or for non-golfing partners, Mauritius resorts have some of the finest spa facilities in the world. With well-trained staff and a wide selection of treatments, there is something for golfers and non-golfers alike. We can recommend all of the below resorts for their excellent Spa facilities.

  • 5 star Constance Belle Mare Plage
  • 5 star Constance Le Prince Maurice
  • 5 star Constance C Palmar
  • 5 star Anahita Golf & Spa Resort
  • 5 star Four Seasons Resort Mauritius
  • 5 star Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort
  • 5 star Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort
  • 5 star Shangri La’s Le Touessrok Mauritius
  • 5 star Long Beach Resort
  • 4 star Tamarina Hotel Golf & Spa

Which Airlines Fly from the UK to Mauritius?

Air Mauritius Direct Services from London to Mauritius
Air Mauritius operate 3 direct services weekly between London (Heathrow) and Mauritius on Friday, Saturday and Sunday returning from Mauritius to London (Heathrow) on Thursday evening, Saturday Morning and Saturday evening. They also operate a Wednesday services during July to October.

Regional daily connections via Paris (CDG)
Air Mauritius also offer daily services to/from Mauritius via Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport) from seven regional airports in the UK – Aberdeen / Birmingham / Edinburgh / London Heathrow / Manchester / Newcastle.

Regional departures via London (Heathrow)
Flights to/from Mauritius via London (Heathrow) from Aberdeen/ Belfast/ Edinburgh/ Glasgow/Jersey/Manchester/Newcastle are also offered.

British Airways
Travel to Mauritius from London Gatwick (LGW) in under 12 hours. BA’s direct flights to MRU depart three times a week and increase to five times a week from November to March, ready for the Mauritian summer.

Emirates
EK flies from both London Gatwick and London Heathrow to Mauritius via Dubai. EK operate 22 weekly flights between London Gatwick (LGW) and Mauritius (MRU) and 65 weekly flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and Mauritius (MRU).

Air France
Air France partner with Air Mauritius to offer daily flights to Mauritius via Paris.

Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines fly 3 times a week from Dublin via Istanbul to Mauritius.

Connecting flights are available between Aberdeen, Birmingham, Belfast, Edinburg, Glasgow, Jersey, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Mauritius via London Heathrow, Paris or Amsterdam. All flight schedule information is subject to change. Contact Chaka Travel for up to date information on flight availability and your best options for flights to Mauritius. We at Chaka Travel will ensure there are suitable flights to and from Mauritius available before booking your accommodation in Mauritius.

How long does it take to Fly from the UK to Mauritius?

Direct flight times are typically 12 hours to fly from the UK out to Mauritius and 12 hours 30 minutes for the return flight to the UK.

How Much Will the Airline Charge Me to Take My Golf Clubs to Mauritius?

Depending on which airline you are flying with, taking your golf clubs with you can be an additional expense. It’s important to check which airlines include golf club carriage in your included luggage.

Here are the airlines that provide a free of charge golf bags service or include golf equipment as part of your luggage allowance, to and from Mauritius (information accurate as of November 2017) :

  • Air France (more details here) golf clubs carried free if you join the Frequent Flyer club
  • Air Mauritius (more details here) golf clubs carried free of charge
  • British Airways (more details here) golf clubs are extra at around £130.00 per set
  • Emirates (more details here) golf equipment included within the 30kg luggage allowance
  • Turkish Airlines (more details here) golf clubs carried free of charge

Note: Size and weight restrictions apply. Always check with your golf holiday booking agent for up-to-date information at the time of booking as airline guidelines change over time.

Should I take My Golf Clubs or Hire Them When I Get to Mauritius?

With many people wanting to travel light and perhaps only planning to play a few games of golf, the option to hire clubs can be appealing. Golf clubs can be rented either at the airport or at the resort. Club Hire starts from $50 for a week and $5 for each additional day.

Matt Mumford Golf 2017 Season Round up sponsored by Chaka Travel

Matt Mumford’s 2017 Season Round up. Sponsored by Chaka Travel.

Sponsoring Matt Mumford this season has been a privilege as he has played some brilliant golf. Check out his season review below

The 2017 season has come to a close, so as is my custom, time for a write up of the season

My year started in Spain with a trip abroad with my coach Rich Scarrott; from here I moved onto my good friend Jerry, where I stayed for another 10 days in Spain with his family.

I love visiting Jerry, Moni and the girls they always make me feel so welcome and I get to meet back up with the Torreblanca Golf Society which is always a highlight of trip for me meeting back up and chatting to guys about their golf

Season kicks off as always first stage qualifying at The Players Club for me to get my tour card on EuroPro Tour and with rounds of 71 + 72 (+1) I was safely through to final stage. (see my results here)

My first tournament of the year sees me head of to Close House Newcastle where after a day one 66 (-5) I found myself the first round leader.

Great experience for me to find myself in this position, getting interviewed by the tour and all the messages of support for the rest of the comp. And although a missed cut followed it set me up for a great season ahead.

Read my interview on the EuroPro Tour Website

As the year progressed I was playing some great golf, but just couldn’t seem to get anything low enough to be in contention. The pleasing thing was my golf so very consistent now where in the past I maybe lacked the solid golf for the whole tournament.

Charity Golf

I’m very proud to be the Macmillan Golf Ambassador for Wiltshire.  This was my second year and we managed to help raise some funds from my golf activities.  You can check out how much money we raised and still make a contribution.  Just Giving Page 1 & Page 2

The next challenge was first stage Open qualifying held at Remedy Oak one of my favourite courses to play. Luckily I’m not very superstitious as my group was unlucky for some number 13 – I played great, really solid golf and returned a score of 71 (-1) under par.

After waiting around all day this got me into a playoff and when I holed my birdie putt on the very first extra hole I was through to the final stage of qualifying for the Open itself.

Straight from here and full of confidence I headed back up to Newcastle to play Longhirst Hall on the EuroPro Tour, 2 solid rounds of 71 + 72 and the cut was made and I was playing the Friday (payday)

In August I played on the TP Tour for the very first time at St Pierre Golf Club in Wales, long, tight course with very slick fast greens made scoring difficult.  I scored a 73 (+1) for the comp and was leading the tournament! In the end, this score was only bettered by two other players and I found myself in a tie for 3rd place my highest finish in a pro tournament.

My season was coming to an end just as I was finding great form and consistent scoring, this was a near miss but was all adding up to a great finish

My final tournament of the year was playing the Jamega Tour at Hamptworth Golf Club and what a great end to the playing year. Starting with a -1 under in the Pro-Am I then shot back to back under par rounds of 68 + 67 for a tournament total of -7.  Top of the leaderboard with one group remaining on the course did see me eventually get pushed back again to a 3rd place finish

But what a year, another season on EuroPro Tour, two 3rd place finishes, final qualifying for the Open, it all just makes me more determined in 2018 to make the breakthrough in achieving more cuts and playing well enough to enter the main European Tour school.

I am always grateful for all the help and support from many people throughout the year, without your help my journey would be even harder than it is, so I thank you all so much for all your support it is massively appreciated.  Here’s a shout out to you

Duncan Spence – Rickety Bridge, huge thank you to Duncan not only for his help in sponsorship but the events I am invited to, the introductions that you have made, and the doors that have been opened whilst I am representing you and your companies,

Mark Keenan – Divorce Online the guy who approached me when I was still a junior golfer and told me then if I ever turn professional golfer to see him first as he would like to help out.  True to his word here we are now with me playing as a professional golfer with Marks backing and I’m very proud to be representing Divorce Online everywhere I go

Cath, Mark, Neil, Pete, Guy and everyone at Kingsland Drinks, again all your help is massively appreciated, I really enjoy meeting up with you guys at all the various events you are involved with.

Mark Marais and the team at  Chaka Travel for all my clothing, shoes and accessories for the 2017 season

Heike & Ian from Lookers. and Leo Callow from Callow Events for all your support and invites throughout the year to some fantastic golf events and charity days

Supporters

Steve Macey who set up SMM Sports Management with my dad and helps to control my finances/budgets from sponsors to entry fees, travelling costs etc

Tracey Lee and the Manners family – Manager and owners of Wrag Barn Golf Club  who allow me to use the club and all its facilities and give me the honour of representing the club every time I play on tour – also thank you to all the members and rest of the staff at Wrag Barn who support me

Steve King working endlessly on my website keeping everything up to date, all results and reports for everyone to read

Rich Scarrott  my coach since I was 14 years old who has coached me from a junior golfer to now playing on the EuroPro Tour one of the biggest tours in Europe as a professional golfer

Ian Ridsdale Director of golf at Wrag Barn for all his help with equipment and anything I need from the Pro Shop

Finally my Mum, Dad, family and friends for all your continued support – always there for me when I’m back from events, and all the messages I receive whilst I’m travelling away from home it really means a lot.

I hope you all also had a great 2017
Thank you
Matt

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Mark and Jacques take on Sri Lanka 2017 – Chaka Travel

We at Chaka are passionate about golf and have been extremely fortunate to go and explore the world so we can, with confidence, give you first-hand advice. The resorts we feature are always tried and tested, and our team can tailor-make the perfect golf holiday that suits you down to a tee.

We have been sending golfers all over the world for over 22 years and would love to organise your next golfing getaway. To get the ball rolling please call us at Chaka Travel on 02890 232112 or send an enquiry to enquiries@chakatravel.com Below is just an appetiser of what you too can experience!

Our PGA Professional Jacques Gous and our Managing Director Mark recently made a trip to Sri Lanka. Check out Jacques’ report from the trip, including a few comments from Mark. :-

Hi Guys

Well, Mark and I are back after an epic adventure in Sri Lanka and let me tell you that this is a magnificent country to visit for all sorts of reasons. We did, of course, go to investigate the golf holiday possibilities and trust me when I say that this was great from a golfer’s point of view. (Mark – also from a hacker’s point of view!)

We started off in Colombo with a wonderful overnight stay in the Jetwing Colombo 7 Hotel. This new hotel is well located and has great views from the sky-roof restaurant both in the day and at night

Mark – We overlooked the floodlit T20 match against Bangladesh below us, as we enjoyed dinner in the open air, overlooking the city with Hiran Cooray, the charming Chairman of Jetwing. We learned a lot about the ongoing growth of tourism in Sri Lanka from him and his son Dmitri as well as from Ramesh, the very experienced general manager of the hotel. Sri Lanka has moved on a long way since the civil war which ended in 2004 with the defeat of the Tamil Tigers. Colombo’s tower-crane littered skyline reflects the inward investment resulting from the country rebuilding and moving rapidly forward. The meal was a relaxed and thoroughly enjoyable affair – the natural friendliness and hospitality was something we enjoyed throughout the week.

Mark & Jacques arrive in Sri Lanka on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri LankaThe pools at the Jetwing Colombo 7 Hotel, Sri Lanka

Jetwing Seven Colombo pool

We woke up early the next day and we were off to Royal Colombo Golf Club for our first round with two lovely Sri Lankan gentleman and let me tell you it was a pleasure. The temperature was a mere 34 degrees and we had to keep drinking water all the way. I thought it was a great course and the greens were pure as anything.

Mark – We played with two members, Priath Fernando, the President of the Sri Lanka Golf Union and Rinal Pieris, both could not have made the round more enjoyable or informative as they shared their knowledge about the course and the history of golf in Sri Lanka. Enjoying their company plus the wonderful colonial clubhouse and the, at times quirky, course made for a super morning. It’s not often you wait for a train full of commuters to pass the tee box before you continue with your game! Royal Colombo opened in 1879 and is the second oldest ‘royal’ golf course in the world outside of the UK)

Royal Colombo Golf Club, Sri Lanka on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri LankaMark & Jacques at Royal Colombo Golf Club

Mark & Jacques at Royal Colombo Golf Club

Train passing the tee box at Royal Colombo Golf course on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday

It’s not often you wait for a train full of commuters to pass the tee box before you continue with your game!

'Pure' greens at Royal Colombo Golf Club on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday

“the greens were pure as anything” – Jacques

After golf, we drove to Kandy (Mark -the less said about the drivers in Sri Lanka the better, but it’s definitely not for the faint hearted!) where we stayed and overnight at the Mahaweli Reach Hotel. This had a very colonial feel to it and sat on the riverside with some great views. We enjoyed dinner with the owner Jay who had kindly upgraded us to superb suites. The next morning was another early wakeup call and we were off to Mark’s and my number one course in Sri Lanka, namely Victoria Golf Club designed by Donald Steel. This course was set between the hills and valleys and the views with the Victoria reservoir in the distance was amazing. We had two great caddies and trust me when I say that these are the most happy go lucky people you have ever met and we really enjoyed their knowledge of the course and company.

Mark – as you drive into Victoria Golf Club you pass a par-5 with the narrowest fairway I have ever seen – my accuracy has always been a problem so my heart was in my mouth as we prepared to tee off. Fortunately, the rest of the course was much more forgiving and thoroughly enjoyable, and I played some of my best golf in a long time. This stunning course with its amazing views, huge trees, and clever layout is in my top 10 courses and I’m delighted to have finally played it after hearing Ian Botham raving about it during a cricket commentary many years ago. I understand that he never fails to play here when cricket tours bring him to Sri Lanka. On one occasion, he wrote in the visitor’s book; “try to stop me playing at Victoria.” I can fully understand why and know my next trip to Sri Lanka will involve at least one round at Victoria!Sri Lankan breakfast Kandy on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan breakfast Kandy

Sri Lanka Victoria Golf Course on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri LankaVictoria Golf Course Sri Lanka Mark teeing off on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri LankaVictoria Golf Course Sri Lanka Mark 1st hole on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri LankaVictoria Golf Course Sri Lanka lakeVictoria Golf Course Sri Lanka restaurant on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri Lanka

After finishing our game and a quick shower we enjoyed a light lunch washed down by a few cold Singha beers before heading off to Nuwara Eliya, also known as “Little England” which was set at one of the highest points in Sri Lanka. We left Victoria which was set at 1,800ft above sea level to drive and reach our next hotel, Jetwing St Andrews which was at 6,000ft above sea level. This drive was amazing, climbing all the way through the most beautiful scenery, with waterfalls and tea plantations wherever you looked. This hotel and golf course was epic and the course boasts as not only one of the oldest in Sri Lanka but the world, constructed in 1889.

Mark – I didn’t have particularly high expectations of Nuwara Eliya golf course but was delighted to arrive at a lovely old clubhouse and a well-maintained course. Being such an old course it was no surprise to find that the trees lining the fairways were all very mature. It’s definitely a quirky course which has been molded to fit its location in the centre of the town, it has a few crossing fairways and one of the tee boxes is across a narrow laneway next to the course. One tee box is virtually in the high street so as you are teeing off, the local shoppers are watching from behind a fence just a few yards away! Jacques and I both came off the course very pleased with having played a well designed, clever layout with some superb holes and all in a stunning region high in the more temperate mountains.)

Sri Lanka Nuwara Eliya tea plantationMark & Jacques at the Sri Lanka Nuwara Eliya tea plantation on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri LankaMark teeing off on the Sri Lanka Nuwara Eliya golf course on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri LankaMark on the Sri Lanka Nuwara Eliya golf course on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri Lanka

We left Nuwara Eliya after golf and headed down south to Hambantota, where the luxurious Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort awaited us. Just before arriving at the resort we were treated to a game drive in the Yala National Park. This was the closest thing to a game drive in Africa that I have ever experienced and the park and surroundings were awesome. Then off to the resort where everything was as expected, five-star from start to finish and the golf the next morning did not disappoint either.

Mark – the course only opened in June 2016 and apart from a few holes where they are replacing the fairways, was excellent – A great finish to a wonderful golfing adventure was watching Jacques and super caddy Kurunda work hard to ensure he rolled in a birdie putt to take him to one under for the round. As always it was a real pleasure to play with Jacques, he makes the game look so easy and is always cool, calm and collected…Kurunda the caddy was charming, helpful and knowledgeable and never stopped smiling even when I nailed drives into the long grass – which unfortunately I did quite a lot of for most of the front nine…..)

Sri Lanka temple & Ella Gap waterfall on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan temple & Ella Gap waterfall

Sri Lanka Yala Elephant rock on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri Lanka

Yala Elephant rock

Sri Lanka Yala National Park elephant on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri Lanka

Elephant at the Sri Lanka Yala National Park

Mark teeing off on Shangri La's Hambantota Golf Course on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri Lanka

Mark teeing off on Shangri La’s Hambantota Golf Course

Shangri La's Hambantota Golf Course on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri LankaMark and Jacques at Shangri La's Hambantota on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri LankaJacques getting a birdie on the Shangri La's Hambantota Golf Course on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri Lanka

Jacques getting a birdie on Shangri La’s Hambantota Golf Course

Shangri La's Hambantota the view from Marks room on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri LankaShangri La's Hambantota golf course card on Sri Lanka Golf Holiday Sri Lanka

We left straight after golf and headed back to Colombo where we would spend our last night at the Jetwing Lagoon Resort, only a short hop away from the airport. On the way there we stopped at the beautiful Jetwing Lighthouse Resort for some sight-seeing and lunch in Galle where the famous cricket ground also sits. We saw the fort and the lighthouse which was built by the Dutch way back in 1663.

Mark – one of the highlights of the week was Jacques asking me if the Lighthouse was inland or up the coast……I was tempted to say it was in an arid region to warn the ships of the desert!)

In Galle, we also witnessed a Sri Lankan trying to make a living by risking his own life and throwing himself of a ten metre cliff diving into some of the shallowest water you can imagine. This was impressive. Our last night was spent at the Jetwing Lagoon at Negombo near to the airport. Breakfast the following day was enjoyed watching the sunrise over the lagoon.

Mark – Once we got to Colombo we were treated like kings at a superb final dinner with Chandana and Ayomal from Island Leisure Lanka. Chandana is known by many of his friends as Chaka!!!! Ayomal accompanied us around the island and is a charming, well-mannered and extremely courteous young man, he is a rugby player also which went down well with Jacques and me!! We were looked after like royalty from start to finish and we couldn’t be more grateful for the wonderful hospitality we enjoyed!!!)

All taken into consideration, this was an epic adventure and one that myself and Mark will remember for a very long time. Thank you Sri Lanka, it was great!!
Jacques Gous

Mark – yes Sri Lanka was a fascinating, diverse country – great scenery, food and thoroughly enjoyable golf. Jacques many thanks for the laughs – you were great company! We both really appreciated the wonderful hospitality and friendliness we enjoyed throughout the trip and like Ian Botham I’ll definitely be back!)
Mark Marais

Chaka Travel sponsor Matt Mumford at Jamega Pro Golf Tour Hamptworth Golf Club 18 September 2017

Chaka Travel sponsors Matt Mumford at the Jamega Pro Golf Tour played at Hamptworth Golf Club. View his report below

I always have good memories of Hamptworth Golf Club

1. I used to play many of my junior county days here
2. In the 2016 season I shot one of my lowest pro rounds here of (-5) 66 in the Pro-Am

And after receiving another invite to play in this years Pro-Am I couldn’t wait to get out there and play

This time no 66 but very steady round of -1 70 for me and it was nice to get another under par round under my belt and set me up for the tournament itself

Day 1

A nice sunny day greeted us at the course so scoring looked like it could be low and after a nice start of a couple of pars and a birdie on the 3rd I was nicely away.

Bogey on the 4th was quickly forgotten as I reached the par 5 7th in 2 shots and left myself an eagle putt.
What a putt never looked like missing and in it dropped for an EAGLE, when I then made a birdie 2 on the next hole the 8th I reached the turn in -3 (32)

A steadier back nine followed with just one birdie on the 18th and only one dropped shot so home in level par and -3 (68) for day one.

Day 2

Not nervous, but excited to get out there as my -3 had left me in overnight 4th and out with the leaders.

A lot of work to do to catch them but what a buzz going out in the final groupings

What a start, as I made birdies on the 1st, 6th and 7th, with no dropped shots and I was out in another -3 (32) and -6 for the tournament through 27 holes

Even better to come as I made further birdies on the 12th & 13th now stood on the 14th tee at -8 under par!!

A little blip on the 14th as I found trouble and made a double to send me back to -6 but a strong finish of 3 straight pars before a birdie 4 on the par 5 18th and I was in the clubhouse and -7 for the tournament.

As the final group came down the last I ended up being pushed back to my final finishing place of 3rd , but with rounds of -3 (68) and -4 (67) for a -7 total I was very happy, so close again to my first professional win, two 3rd place finishes over the last couple of months.

With the season shortly coming to a close it was nice to finish so strong again and pick up another pay cheque.

I have a couple of charity days left to attend before the winter break where the hard work will continue of practise and training hard for the 2018 season

Next post will be my round up of the year so watch this space to what has been my most successful year to date

Matt

Chaka Travel sponsor Matt Mumford at Jamega Pro Tour

Chaka Travel would like to congratulate Matt Mumford on an excellent performance in the Jamega Pro Tour at Royal Ascot Golf Club. Take a look at his report from the day.

For the second time this year, the Jamega Pro Tour traveled back to Royal Ascot Golf Club, a lovely venue if you get chance to play it

Round 1

Very steady round for me today of +1 giving me a 71 to the par of 70

Front nine was a little bit scrappy with 4 dropped shots going out, but with 2 birdies on the par 5 2nd and the par 4 7th I was out in (+2) 37

Back nine a little more composed with just the one dropped shot. Again another two birdies on the 15th and 18th both the par 5’s and I had finished the day on 71

Round 2

Much more solid day today and off to a flyer with birdies on the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th. A couple more dropped shots and I was out in 34 (-1) for the card Back nine

Again off to a great start with birdies on the 10th and 12th. Only one dropped shot on the 13th. The back nine was also completed in 34 (-1)

I was very happy with this round 68 (-2) and now I was -1 for the tournament

Very happy to complete the tournament under par and my game is really going well at the moment, bring on next week

Enjoy your golf this weekend and thank you all for your support

Matty

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