If it is tough to determine with the bare eye, the phenomenon stays inevitable: the mound of the Riom golf course, on which some courses climb, is steadily subsiding. Some “bunkers” -the sand traps- additionally present some indicators of fatigue. Nothing out of the peculiar: 31 years after its creation on the previous waste disposal centre, the Riom golf course, though it retains a superb fame amongst golfers, has not escaped the ravages of time.
This is why, after celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the construction in 2021, the golfers of Rio have determined to mark the begin of a brand new decade by launching major restoration work on their taking part in subject.
“There has not been any major work for 30 years, but a golf course remains a natural space, which moves and evolves according to the weather, explains Jean-Marc Hesel, president of the Rio club. For example, the lifespan of a bunker, normally, is 7 years. They will have lasted 30 years here?! And the Riom golf course is compact, so it is permanently trampled. It is time to restore it.”
A primary part of work now…
The will will materialize in two phases. A primary installment materialized this week with the closing of 9 of the eighteen holes (holes 1 to 9) and the first blows of the digger.
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“We are completely redoing two greens (holes 1 and 8), we are taking over all the tees and bunkers, and we are redesigning the course of hole 9, which will allow the creation of a new space dedicated to short game (chipping) “, explains Jean-Marc Hesel. Just launched, this work, which represents an funding of €300,000, needs to be accomplished at the starting of April.
… and a second in the fall
The second part might be launched in September/October and will concern holes 10 to 18. It can even concern the resumption of departures and even bunkers.
But above all, two courses might be eliminated to be moved to a model new house positioned past the Ambène river, acquired by the City of Riom and made out there to golfers. With this enlargement, the floor of the golf course will improve from ten hectares (together with three devoted to driving vary) to eleven.
“It will allow us to gain space on our current course, where we were a little cramped in places, and we will be able to explore a new playground by creating a new path”, rejoices the membership president.
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Before the clubhouse?
What fulfill the many customers of the web site: the membership has 700 members, and almost 200 gamers, on common, frequent the courses each day. “We are additionally fascinated about the restructuring of our membership home, goals Jean-Marc Hesel. We already constructed an out of doors terrace final summer season, as a result of there was an absence of a convivial house, and we planted extra timber and flower beds. flowers. The concept could be, in the future, to enlarge the clubhouse.”
The Riom golf faculty, tenth in the nationwide problem
The development is dazzling: in a single yr, the Riom golf course has gone from 261st place in the rating of the nationwide problem of golf colleges to tenth, out of 533. This rating is calculated in response to the numbers, occasions or competitions .
In December, the Rio golf course thus occupied first place on this problem in Auvergne and fourth on the scale of the larger area. Supervised by two workers, the Riom golf faculty presently has 65 kids underneath the age of 16.