In this era of drought, golf programs can solely water their “greens”. An aberration for some inexperienced and political activists. But at Onet, the director assures us that he may do more together with his reserves.
Driving his golf cart “electric”, he specifies, Jacques Moreno is heading in the direction of gap N.17. This Friday, the boss of the place needs to indicate us a lake, the one which acts as a water reserve for the course. “It is still above three meters deep, it hurts to see that and not be able to water!”, he assures. Because for a number of days, a prefectural decree prohibits irrigating the programs, besides the “greens”.
That is “ 1.5 hectares of our 45 “, plagues the director, significantly aggravated by the controversy over this exemption granted to golf programs. On his telephone, he additionally reveals pictures of a neighboring golf course in Toulouse, the sufferer of malicious acts on the half of inexperienced activists. “ This hole drinks 227 000 liters of water per day. Do you drink that much ? “, “The next world will be a world without golf “can we learn on indicators left by the militants.
“It’s well known: those who shout the loudest are those who know the least!”, solutions the former golf instructor, now director. If he doesn’t want to enter into controversy, name him “simply to trust everyone’s professionalism”.
“We don’t take a drop of drinking water!”
“Here in Rodez, we don’t take a drop of drinking water from the community. ! Ours is not, everything comes from our lakes, which fill up every autumn and winter thanks to a weir installed on the Fontanges river. We manage according to the vagaries of the weather and if one year, we can only water for 45 days instead of 90, we know how to do it. We are accused, but on a golf course like ours, the water budget is less than 2 000 € per year ! So let’s stop saying we’re crazy and don’t care about the planet. A golf course is alive, we know how to take care of it and we don’t want it to die “. What if a brand new prefectural order have been to ban the watering of “greens”? “ It would be an economic disaster. I’m not telling you the price of the seeds… “, replies Jacques Moreno. And if the inexperienced has now utterly disappeared from the relaxation of his golf course, the director needs to be more reassuring. “Everything is not dead yet, we will have to resow but we do it every year”he says, whereas some gamers can not help however evaluate these desert-like programs to these nonetheless inexperienced in… Morocco.
“Distorted image of a sport reserved for an elite”
“ How to answer this ? Many think that golf is synonymous with a perfect lawn surrounded by palm trees. It’s wrong. A good player adapts to all conditions. If it’s dry, the ball won’t bounce the same, but that’s okay. The problem is that they like to hit us because we still suffer far too much from a distorted image of sport reserved for an elite”, explains the director. Before having a look at the climate forecast. The thermometer ought to climb once more subsequent week. More than ever, the “greens” might be an oasis on this desert proper in the center of the Ruthenian agglomeration. A putting distinction.