The yr 2021, nonetheless marked by the Covid well being disaster, considerably hampered the exercise of Golf des Lavandes, particularly because of sporting occasions and leisure which needed to be cancelled, and attendance open solely to subscribers (covers). hearth and motion restrict restricted to 10 km). “Despite the efforts made to maintain and safe our exercise in addition to doable », specifies the director Véronique Boucher, “many subscriptions have not been renewed by anti-vaccine and anti-pass customers”. As for the lodge exercise, with 5 months of closure over the yr and recruitment difficulties, it’s down by greater than 30%. Finally, the 2021 monetary yr presents a steadiness sheet of €577,163, producing a optimistic results of €58,003, “thanks in particular to the measures to support the economy, the payment of partial unemployment benefits, exemptions from social charges for the 12 employees, and the limitation of charges piloted by the Golf”. It must be famous that the turnover is principally composed of earnings from the golf exercise, by way of 453 licensees together with 364 subscribers and nomadic attendance representing a complete of 20,781 entries.
Nevertheless “these good results have not yet made it possible to cover the losses of previous years”, as a result of the upkeep prices weigh in the steadiness, particularly for the dilapidated irrigation system. Not to say lodge and catering providers that fall far wanting buyer expectations. “Despite great efforts made by the municipal teams, structural problems remain”that are the topic of complaints: the absence of fiber optics, the cramped and poorly soundproofed rooms, “To date, the product no longer meets customer expectations for a ‘hotel’ designation”
Letting to personal traders
The Lavandes golf course in-built 1980 on 83 hectares (35 ha of which belong to the municipality with a constructing potential of 200,000 m²), is managed by public service delegation by the nationwide firm UGolf, till December 31, 2023. The he entire was valued in 2017 by the General Directorate of Public Finances at 1,700,000 euros.
The City of Digne les Bains “does not intend to perpetuate this mode of management…but wishes to see the site enhanced as part of a commercial activity supported by an external operator”, specifies the first assistant Francis Kuhn. The municipality subsequently determined “a downgrade” du golf, voted at the final council assembly, and a name for expressions of curiosity with a view to a long-term lease (45 years), to allow an financial operator to make the obligatory investments. “Ultimately, the city of Digne remains the owner of the golf course, it is not a sale, but a rental contract with the payment of rent to the municipality”. As of January 1, 2024, the plots allotted to golf exercise shall be ” downgraded », and can now not be assigned to a municipal public service.
Applicants to the challenge undertake to submit their proposal earlier than October seventeenth. Already, “we have received a letter of intent from an investor who plans to build a 3-star hotel “. The Noemys group, created in 2010, specialist in leisure lodging, which offered a design workplace and a designer. A challenge valued between 5 and seven million euros, supported by the Banque des Territoires. By probability? “Three other interested investors have just contacted us”The presents shall be analyzed with regard to the financial circumstances proposed, and the curiosity of the exploitation challenge.