Soon we will be able to play golf in the heart of Saint-Brieuc – Saint-Brieuc

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What if Saint-Brieuc was one of the first cities in France to offer golf in the city centre? The question seems silly. But with the establishment of a permanent urban golf course in the coming months, this should become a reality. An application not to be confused with mini golf, which consists of playing golf using existing street furniture.

The project is led by a neo-Briochin, François Renard. “I have a friend, Éric Nguyen Khac, who created the Los Golfos collective in Paris, which is very active in urban golf, and is the captain of the French team that became world champion in the discipline in 2018. ​A permanent route in the town of Deuil-la-Barre (Val d’Oise) and Saint -I thought Brieuc and the city center were also suitable to host one”.

Designed by a world champion

His idea was a hit and the project became one of the winners of the last participant budget of the city of Saint-Brieuc. What gives hope for a speedy realization. “We should have a meeting with the municipal services to confirm everything. However, we can have the whole design in a month”, assures François Renard, who sees the start of the school year in September as a “realistic deadline”.

Street golf uses elements of street furniture to symbolize the holes of the course.  Born in Germany in the 90s, the discipline has more and more practitioners.
Street golf uses elements of street furniture to symbolize the holes of the course. Born in Germany in the 90s, the discipline has more and more practitioners. (Telegram/Julien Molla)

The track, which will be designed by Eric Nguyen Khac, will consist of nine “holes” of street furniture that must be touched each time, such as a trash can. It must pass through the Champs, Promenades, Saint-Michel, Places de la Grille and Place du Martray, Rue Saint-Pierre and even the station. “We want to drill other holes in the neighborhoods later on,” the project leader says.

We will consider the codes of golf, but in an unusual way.

Even clubhouses

In practical terms, user clubs will be offered for free near the Champs, “perhaps at the tourist office.” Semi-hard balls will cost 2€ so as not to hurt anyone. “Players can keep them as souvenirs or bring them back for a refund,” explains François Renard. “It’s also a way to empower them.” Finally, they will be given a small playbook to remind them of safety rules and find advice.

Don't worry, the balls used for city golf are semi-hard to avoid damage.
Don’t worry, the balls used for city golf are semi-hard to avoid damage. “And before we play, we always pay attention to what’s going on around us,” recalls François Renard. (Telegram/Julien Molla)

In place, the plates on the ground will happen on every take off. The hole will be located several tens of meters further to be reached with as few shots as possible. “The course will be varied enough to suit beginners and allow more experienced golfers to take beautiful technical shots. We will also have partner restaurants that will serve as clubhouses. We will cover the codes of golf but in an extraordinary way,” he said.

Change the image of Saint-Brieuc

While the practice is increasingly popular in France, to the point of having its own federation, this urban golf course could allow Saint-Brieuc to succeed. Francois Fox. There are many temporary events held but as we speak there is no permanent route yet. Or just in boxes”.

Good point, while the town hall is doing everything to change the image of the city. “Urban golf is part of the new urban sporting activity movement. The very instagrammable kind,” smiles the communications specialist. “And that’s an additional reason to come to Saint-Brieuc, a way to visit the city while having fun”.