In the center of the good inexperienced of the lawns of the golf course of Mont-de-Marsan, a number of brown spots: clods of earth turned over by wild boars. Visits that now happen each night time : “With confinement, there is no one on the grounds during the day, so they really feel at home and come and destroy the lawns with impunity.“, explains Bernard Perna, the president of the golf course.
Last summer season, the land had already been infested by wild boars. The drawback had been solved because of the hunters who had organized a hunt, which isn’t on the agenda this time. The golf course had additionally laid 6,400 meters of electrified cables throughout the sphere to forestall the wild boars from returning, with out success. “We also put cameras and spotlights where they come most, to scare them away, but nothing works“Says Bernard Perna, distraught.
“Take the boar by the horns”
“We decided to completely enclose the 50 hectares of land, with a fence 3200 meters long.“, explains the president of golf.”We will take the boar by the horns, if you allow me the expression“he laughs. An set up that can price a number of thousand euros, whereas the funds of golf are already undermined by the well being disaster. “We should be helped by the town hall“, notes Bernard Perna.
“It’s the double penalty, the boars and the confinement“, factors out Julien Tauziède, Director of Golf. “To keep up financially, we have year-round subscriptions for club members but we no longer have the income from visitors who come for the day. Knowing that we have 6,000 a year, it starts to make a big shortfall. ”
Bernard Perna additionally has a thought for the workforce of gardeners, in cost of the course upkeep: “They are forced to do and do the same thing over and over again to rehabilitate after the passage of the wild boars. For them, it is demoralizing.“Fortunately, a objective helps everybody stick : “In April, if sanitary conditions allow, we should host an Open, here in Mont-de-Marsan, with the best French golfers. It helps to stay motivated“, smiles Bernard Perna.