By Thomas Clavreul
Published on 17 Mar 21 at 14:26
It’s the Count Roland de la Poype who created golf at Champigné, delegated municipality of Hauts-d’Anjou (Maine-et-Loire), which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2020.
The one who was one of ace of the Franco-Russian squadron of Normandy Niemen when Second World War remodeled “a part of our family lands and old farms which used to cultivate and breed into a golf course”, explains his son Francois, who has been there for 5 years, the supervisor.
It was a means for him to create one thing unifying. He who was mayor of the city, needed to assemble. It was a ahead considering idea. We questioned what we have been going into
His father hoped for “a growth of this sport, a bit like tennis, which has turn out to be extra democratic. “
A visionary creator
History will prove this father right visionary who entered the industry. It is to him that we owe it Berlingot Dop (a revolution at the time in the world of plastic packaging) but also the invention of the Citroën Mehari.
It was also Roland de la Poype who founded the park of Marineland in Antibes, in 1970.
Golf today brings together almost 360 members, aged between 7 and 92 years old. 80% are locals’ from 30 km around the golf course. “
This sport, with the present Covid interval, has gained a couple of percentages of development in France
It should be mentioned that besides throughout confinement, it has by no means closed, in contrast to many different actions, leisure actions, and sport.
Also “golf is sweet in your well being. “
The course 18 holes allows you for example to walk between 8 and 10 km, in four to five hours.
And above all “it is not an elitist sport dedicated to seniors. We welcome children, and all socio-professional categories are represented. “
This golf course designed by a english architect (Frédéric Hawtree) opened in March 1990. Today it’s unfold over 80 hectares.
5,000 timber have been planted, together with some uncommon species within the space.
The golf course solely had six holes in the beginning, however it quickly got here to an 18-hole course.
It is now geared up with a coated driving vary (for coaching), a clubhouse, a bar Restaurant, and an golf college for 7-15 yr olds.
Finally, it provides housing (round fifty) and rooms for occasions. These are presently closed.