Many water restrictions are put in place because of the intense drought affecting Ille-et-Vilaine. Two-thirds of the department are “in crisis”, the maximum alert level. The Emerald Coast is concerned, this is where the Dinard golf course is located. The establishment has filed a request for exemption in the prefecture to water part of its course, this Wednesday, August 3.
The Dinard golf course is a patchwork of colours: there is the blue of the sea in the background and the different shades of grass. “You see on a little green part that we call the green, on it last watered on Tuesday August 2. And then the whole part that we call the fairway which is completely yellow like straw and which has therefore not been watered for several weeks”describes the president of the Dinard golf course, Marie-Christine Paris.
Golf wishes permission to water only the greensthe space around the holes. “Contrary to popular belief, we don’t consume a lot of water. If we only water the greens, they only represent 2% of the Dinard golf course”, assures Marie-Christine Paris. On average, this 53-hectare golf course needs, for its entire surface, 100 cubic meters of water per day. A person consumes about 50 cubic meters of water per year.
Competition and jobs under threat
The president of golf is worried about the competition in Brittany. It is scheduled for the weekend of August 12. “We are a sport like any other. The green will not be able to last without water for another week. If we have no water, we will have to cancel. It is very serious, there are people who come very far to come and play”.
Beyond the sporting aspect, the economic stakes weigh heavily according to golf director Jean-Guillaume Legros. “The green is the surface on which the ball rolls so if it is not watered it becomes unusable. We will have to close. There are 23 people working here so we hope to have this exemption.” Golf supports 15,000 people in France.