Through Pierre Boissonnat
Published on 9 May 21 at 19:04
Guillaume Fleury, 35, was employed 14 years in the past. Antoine Alix (AA), 25 years outdated arrived, in May 2020. Their place of job, the golf course of Gaillon (Eure), give pleasure to those gardeners a bit particular to rub shoulders with each golfers but in addition a assorted and even uncommon fauna. The Criard edicnemus, a fowl species assessed, regulated and guarded by Natura 2000, is current, as is the peregrine falcon, an endangered species.
News: How do you keep a golf course?
Guillaume Fleury: There are specific methods for the upkeep of a golf course regardless of some similarities with a residential backyard. What is completely different are the extra common mowing, particular mowers (helecoidal for a finer and extra exact mowing), a particular sort of grass too, particularly for the greens, the shortest space of the total course. There are not any specific standards to be revered for the selection of crops. But we attempt to goal our decisions by specializing in the rendering at grownup measurement, on the colours that will probably be utilized to the discipline, on the upkeep that this represents.
The golf programs have good greens. Do you’ve any secrets and techniques to attain this rendering?
GF: Precisely, it is a secret … To have stunning greens all yr spherical, regardless of the seasonal constraints, it is arduous work. From spring, particular operations are crucial: coring and aeration of the soil as a way to activate the microbial life which can itself trigger a deterioration of the felt (natural matter which accumulates beneath the floor of the inexperienced). An total program ! In addition to common mowing, rigorous monitoring of a number of actions is required: watering, fertilization, aeration, prevention, and so forth.
What are the benefits and downsides of sustaining a golf course somewhat than a backyard at a residence, for instance?
GF: It’s completely different, golf is a a lot greater and extra various house! Hence the must have workers all week. There is an analytical half on the grass for instance, or on the sand, to have the ability to know our actual wants on the merchandise and the behaviors to undertake. The foundation is the identical from one yr to the subsequent however relying on the local weather and the roughly late arrival of the seasons, we all the time have a special job. And we do the mechanical upkeep in the winter, when the course requires rather less consideration. In addition, we’re depending on the climate. A heavy rain which arrives throughout the day once we had deliberate a upkeep motion on our greens can utterly upset the schedule of the week. Conversely, numerous guests to the course, which is clearly welcome, can penalize our work. We should juggle the sport of the gamers.
How is the cohabitation with the golfers going?
GF: Overall excellent. We are doing our greatest to not intervene with the events, however the work must be completed. The overwhelming majority of the gamers are understanding and each proceeds alternately … Concerning the competitions, they require a change of the bogeys (holes on the greens). Thus, from one week to the subsequent, no bogey is in the identical location, as a way to harden the sport. On the different hand, the rivals are knowledgeable on their rating card of the location of those, to anticipate their Thu. We mow the day or the day earlier than the competitors.
I as soon as noticed a participant take a gap in a single shot. He thought I used to be enjoying a joke on him by pushing his ball into the gap since I used to be engaged on the inexperienced in query. He could not imagine it!
And in your aspect?
AA: I used to be stunned the first time I noticed a golf cart transferring by itself with its proprietor 20 to 30 yards behind! I appeared twice … But I rapidly understood that it was a remote-controlled cart!
What is your favourite golf spot? Do you’ve any tasks in thoughts for the decor of the course?
Undoubtedly the environment of the pond, at gap 9. Everything is there: the water, the flora, the avifauna, it’s so soothing and calm! Just a little nook of paradise. I want to create a dry river embellished with desert crops, cacti and agaves, new bushes to plant, particularly larches which might supply luxurious colours to the course throughout the fall, a second physique of water … More fairly, I might additionally prefer to rename each gap in the course with a fowl identify, actually after all.
And you, the place is your favourite place?
AA: I favor the inexperienced of gap quantity 4. It is professionally talking, a sloping inexperienced having an excellent rendering throughout cross mowing. A inexperienced worthy of the identify! I’ve an thought, however for the observe (one in every of the coaching areas): “isolate” the total observe with a internet to stop the scattering and lack of balls and thus save time throughout assortment.