GOLF: The Château d’Avoise golf course seen in 1991, 1992 and 2022

Creusot-Infos invites you to discover the Avoise golf course during its construction in 1991, when it opened in 1992 and 30 years later. Things have changed a lot !

The Avoise golf course, which has just celebrated its 30th anniversary, gave Creusot-Infos the opportunity to take a look at its archives. In these, we were able to find photos of the course during its construction, in 1991 in particular, and after its opening in 1992. To give an idea of ​​the changes, current photos of the course were also taken. The vegetation has grown well for 30 years, so much so that it was sometimes difficult to know which hole corresponded to the old photos. Discover below the photos embellished with a comment to better identify.

Julien ZAIDI
(Photos: Avoise Golf Archives and Julien ZAÏDI)

Construction :

Before being a course with a very green lawn, it was necessary to develop the land which was then only a pile of earth whose shapes were taking shape.
We also see the teams installing the pipes in the ground that will later allow watering.

Hole 4:

It’s hard to imagine that already in August 1992 the earth had given way to very green grass! Between the stakes, in the center of the first photo, the future green is taking shape. It is then before the summer that the flag will be planted in the hole, absent until then.
You can also see the houses bordering the hole. Today, they have multiplied at the bottom and to the right of the hole more recently, but the vegetation makes them less visible.

Hole 5:

We are in an advanced stage before the opening but the grass has not finished growing yet. The view shows hole 5 in the foreground, and in the background but clearly visible, hole 6 with the old Henri Paul coking plant at the bottom – we will see it later.
Today, we recognize the channel at the beginning of the hole but all the vegetation has grown well. It clearly delimits hole 5 from its neighbor and makes the hole more difficult for golfers. Going astray to the left will involve refocusing your ball, where, at the opening, you could probably play a full shot.
Finally, the water point that was visible on the left is completely obscured by a tree.

Hole 6:

We observe a phase where the ground is very muddy. We are at the back of the coking plant mentioned above.
Then, the hole seen from the finish shows that the mud has given way to grass. Unlike the previous hole, the vegetation on the left was already there.
Today, there was not much change on the left, except for a well browned ground by the heat.

On the last two photos, we first see the water point on the bank opposite the play area, then in 2022, from the play bank. Indeed, the initial point of view is not reproducible because the vegetation has become dense on this side of the bank.

Hole 8:

From a green whose shape we imagine only with the stakes, we moved, a few months later, to a rather green and well-defined area. The shot gives a view of hole 11, still visible today. The current view, not present here, does not bring big changes. For example, the bridge on the right is still there and allows the passage from hole 17 to 18.

Hole 15:

The coking plant was clearly visible but surrounded by earth, waiting for the vegetation to grow. Today, we recognize it well, it is somewhat altered by time and the vegetation has regained its rights.

“Mystery” hole:

This is probably one of the hardest shots to identify. The clues that put the flea in the ear are: the pylon, the water point and the three trees at the bottom, slightly to the left.
We can see two greens in the image whereas today, in the same place, we would only see the first, and the pylon would have disappeared. Putting today’s photo, therefore, would not have helped with identification.

This is hole 7, with at the bottom on hole 17. The vegetation has grown well and it perfectly delimits the two holes. It is so high that in the same place (to the left of 7), you can’t even see the body of water anymore. The three trees still border the green of 17 in 2022.

The driving range:

First on the ground and without shelter, the driving range was dressed in green, both for the ground and for the sheltered striking positions. The stakes have given way to a pretty green.
The only things that haven’t changed are the Kyriad building (formerly Novotel) and the power line.

The restaurant / clubhouse:
Here, it is already erected but it remains mostly surrounded by earth. On one side, the terrace has been built and with its large surface, it can accommodate meals and events.
On the other, a putting practice area was born.

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