The La Rochelle golf course is no exception to the containment measures linked to the COVID-19 epidemic. Despite everything, his team of gardeners keeps the course in top form.
Posted on Apr 22, 20 at 7:23 p.m.
They are often the men behind the scenes. A little more since March 16, when the public was closed to the public. La Rochelle golf course, located in the town of Marsilly. Even if the owners of the Prée golf course since the end of 2015, Gaëlle and Stéphane Martel never forget to associate the five gardeners with their 18 holes, which contributes to making it famous nationally and beyond.
La Prée is first and foremost a “link” (seaside golf N.D.L.R) designed in Scottish fashion and created in the 80s by the property developer Claude Baudon. A course so much adored for its view of the Baie de l'Aiguillon as it is feared by those whose drives have to deal with the swirling winds from the seaside.
Playing and especially performing there is often synonymous with challenge. But it is also an important economic vector in this northern part of the agglomeration of La Rochelle. 14 employees have joined forces with the Martels since their takeover of the structure. Some at the reception, others at the catering and finally for five of them at the mowing and daily maintenance of the course.
It will be a gem, more than it was before “
Since the start of the containment measures, ten have been placed on short-time work pending the hope of a reopening on May 11. “On the field side we will be ready. It will be a gem, more than it was before, “insists Gaëlle Martel.
A month without maintenance and it's the death of golf “
For this, the greenkeeper, Sébastien Aiguedieu and his four gardeners insisted on keeping their working tool in top shape every day. “We have adapted the working hours and put all the protective measures in place. A month without maintenance and that's the death of golf, “says Gaëlle Martel. However, the latter deplores the lack of hydroalcoholic gel ordered a month ago in anticipation of a future reopening.
200,000 euros loss
While recognizing the support of golfers and the French Golf Federation (FFG). “Some people call us regularly and tell us: we will pay you our contributions right away. We are in contact with the FFG for the drafting of specifications for an ERP (establishment open to the public) outside. ”
As for the operating loss between March 15 and April 30, Gaëlle Martel estimates it for the moment at 200,000 euros. And perhaps the worst is yet to come. “If we can't reopen the restaurant before July, the turnover will be cut in half. There it will become very complicated ”.
For the moment all competitions have been canceled, including the championships. There is still a big question mark for the La Rochelle Grand Prix scheduled for late August.
By Y. Picard
— to actu.fr