La France compte à ce jour environ 700 golfs, dont plus de la moitié ont été créés entre 1985 et 1995, pour l'essentiel des parcours 18 trous plutôt destinés à des pratiquants réguliers et de bon niveau.
France currently has around 700 golf courses, of which half were constructed between 1985 and 1995. They are mainly 18-hole courses aimed at regular players of a good standard.
Although construction has slowed down since then, it has become more focused on more modest facilities which are more accessible and closer to other community spaces. The slow-down in the building of facilities against a backdrop of increasing demand has additionally contributed to an increase in the use of these facilities and, as a consequence, to their economic viability.
For local authorities, who are the owners of almost all public golf courses, the management and building of courses raises a diverse range of challenges:
- What is the purpose of the course: sport, leisure, or learning the game?
- Land and urban planning challenges: courses by their nature being consumers of space, what can their place and role be within a region (a link between districts, a 'green lung')? What are their links to other public facilities and green spaces?
- Challenges linked to sustainable development: water consumption, role in the conservation and development of biodiversity.
- What mode of managementand what role for the club(s) present in the region?
Whether it concerns a project or an existing facility, local authorities need to examine or re-examine these various areas in order to transform golf courses into genuine public facilities, where different policies can be put into action (sport, education, health, economic development), it being too often the case that these facilities are regarded as games fields reserved for certain social categories.
In this sector, Espelia deploys its full operational expertise. More specifically, the firm supports local authorities in:
- analysing the functioning of existing services and facilities
- developing and implementing a strategy for modernising or creating facilities, according to the needs and the constraints of the region
- efficiently implementing construction and management projects: contracting, creation of public or public/private operators, monitoring and optimisation of the running of facilities