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    Breadhead
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    Can anyone recommend an English speaking Notaire in or around Mur de Bretagne/ Pontivy or close by, thanks in advance.

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    Maybe you can have a look in this list, they are supposed to be English spoken notaires. Looks like there is one in Pontivy and Guerledan, but I don’t know them.

    https://www.notaires.fr/en/french-notaire/4829/speaking/english

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    #520573
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    Thank you Babeth, I have emailed a Notaire in Pontivy.

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    Potentially a very useful link but with 2100 entries it would take all day to go down the list to find one nearby.  I tried the Advanced Search with my post code, and then just dept. 22 but got nothing.  No, tell a lie, I got the following.   “Location : 333 NW 92nd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73114, USA”.   Bit of a trek from here.  :negative:

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    #520593
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    It is the name of main town you have to type, not the postal code. Then you will have all the notaires and also the one who speak english

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    Thanks for that Babeth.   It worked.  There is one 5 minutes away from me.  :good:

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    #520607
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    Just make sure it’s written English after the search bellow the town, because it’s giving you all the notaires, included the one who doesn’t speak English. Here is an exemple of a search in Pontivy

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    Is the golf course still going in Pontivy ?

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    I don’t know for the one in Pontivy, but the one in Caden is still going on. Not well known, I doubt if you’ve heard about it.

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    Don’t know it B, the one in Pontivy was a tough nine holer on the side of a hill !

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    A nine holer here too, between fields, farms and a main road, often ruined by wild boars, but we can still see some golfers while driving along ;-)

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    The wild boar are the true enemy of the golf course, followed closely by worms !

    mind you, golfers don’t help either…..

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    Oye, I resemble that remark, not the wild boar, the golfer. Plenty of good golf courses in Brittany, mostly scattered around, or not far from the coast, three good courses in Rennes and two within spitting distance of Combourg/Dol de Bretagne. I don’t count 9 hole as a golf course, personal opinion of course. B-) ;-)

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    There’s a lot of people who feel the same Roger but I don’t mind nine holes if it’s not too congested. Of the ones I’ve seen St Malo is the nicest ‘normal’ course. La Baule (46 holes ?) used to be pretty good and the one north of Nantes was ok too.

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    Hi Pete, we play 6 or 7 different courses in a season, plus our two more local 18 hole courses of St Cast le Guildo Penguin and Les Ormes near Combourg regularly. Nine hole just doesn’t feel right for a game of golf, although having said that Golf Saint Malo Le Trochet has a nine hole course seperate to the 18 hole course which we used to play but it is now silly money to play there now. We can get far better offers from other courses using our Golfy Cards or through Blue Green discounts. Time to get the bats back out and put some practice in before long.

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    Can’t afford to play down here – 1700€ p.a. !

    Problem is that there are no deals going ie. Five day membership or OAP  rates etc etc.

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    Several cheaper here in Brittany, not many offering 5 day membership though. OAP’s get hit the hardest, no doubt due to the amount of pensios they are on !! Are there no holes in the hedges to pop you and the bag through!! B-)

     

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    After having worked 18 years on a course, 15 as Head Greenkeeper I have to say I know all the tricks but I wouldn’t do that !

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    Haha, you came across as Meat Loaf then…
    Do you not play at all now? Green fees can be OK if you buy an annual Golfy Card or Blue Green membeship, both offer a 25% discount. With Blue Green even without their card you can on occasion get late deals at up to 50% off, obviously at an unearthly hour, or just before it gets dark!!

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    Don’t mind a bit of Meatloaf !

    I suppose I’ve been spoiled rotten after all those years of free golf plus freebies when visiting fellow greenkeepers . The courtesy among GKs is that visiting GKs don’t pay which is one of the few perks to an otherwise thankless job.

    Problem with a GC with 600 members is that there are 600 MORE greenkeepers !!

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    Oh yes but a private course doesn’t have the problems that a members club has, starting with the Greens committee of course. My old club in Surrey had a greens committee and the poor head groundsman had to explain how greens react, something they had no idea about, all they worried about as them being green and prefect !!lol When it was time for the greens were to be tined, it upset a few but without it being done…..

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    Yeah, tining upset everyone except the ground staff cos they knew it wound up the members !
    To be fair we always tried to get the greens up and running ASAP but tining can be a minefield with things like machine problems, damp sand and dodgy weather etc. My course was very poor compared to most courses so the sand was usually the cheapest which probably did more harm than good for the greens !
    A good mate is or was a few years back GK at La Porcelaine in Limoges which is a private club owned by the investors. A prestigious club which meant he was under mega pressure to provide a pristine course all year round. Tough job, but I suppose easier when funds aren’t a problem.

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    When we lived in the Dordogne the only course close to us was the public course in Perigueux, or a longer drive over to Cognac. The one near Villeneuve was quite open, hilly and not up to much and too far tbh. I guess in the last 21 years since we moved North to Brittany there may have been new courses opened?

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    I know all the courses mentioned Roger.
    A mate is GK at Cognac which is a nice course but the general manager is/ was a t*$$*@t which makes it difficult for him.
    Villeneuve is not a bad course, quite hilly but again financial constraints used to make it difficult.
    Drainage problems at Perigueux makes the course unplayable at times.
    There’s a nice course at Casteljaloux with a top Scottish GK.
    Saintes was an ok course.
    Poitiers was owned by a chain with little money available so the GK moved to Cognac.

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    That area for golf is quite sparce isn’t it. We had a place a long time ago in Manosque Provence and the only course which was affordable (think of Golf Cannes Mandelieu !!!!) at the time was Golf de Pierrevert, now called Golf de Luberon, lovely course and although fairly new back then, fairway and greens were in very good condition but quite a tough track.
    As a young lad I used to caddy at weekends over at Wentworth, Dick was the caddymaster and top caddy back then was Jimmy Dickinson who of course went on to caddy for the great Jack Nicklaus, even going over with his wife to be caddy master and hostess at Muirfield, Jacks new course. Sadly they came back fairly soon after. Met some great characters amongst the caddies who would often be found sleeping around the caddy masters shack. Now caddies are revered people, cars to suit, none of the thumbing to courses these days, more like a Porsche !!lol Wasn’t Steve Williams one of the highest paid sportsmen in New Zealand for his caddying for Tiger Woods…..
    We have some great society days here, the banter and the old stories about golf, players, caddies go on for ages over lunch and afterwards.

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    I used to be a member of the most easterly course in the UK so it was a case of which direction the wind was howling ! We probably had three days per year without wind so the par 3s could be either a sand wedge or driver depending on the day ! Many of the celebrities in town for the summer season would play there so loads of memories of some stars and their ways. Frank Carson for example was exactly as he was on stage when golfing or in the bar, funny man.
    The nastiest I met was hurricane Higgins but that’s another story…

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    On our travels when in the UK, the society used to play Princes GC, next to Royal St Georges GC in Sandwich. One of the holes on the Himalayas 9 holes (Princes is made up of 3 x 9 holes) is a 155 yard par 3, the tee is next to the beach, Tony Jacklin named it as one of the hardest holes in the UK, mainly due to the same reason where you played, the wind behind could mean a sand iron, against, as much as driver and if even then it is not hit perfect the ball can just rise and hover and not make the green!!

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    Blimey, sounds tricky.
    The hole no.7 at Gorleston GC has to be the the most easterly hole in the UK. Not only is it subject to the harsh wind, it’s also on the edge of the cliffs ! I’ve had cricket scores there ……
    Forgot to mention Angouleme which was nine holes, not a very good nine holes either but eventually managed to expand to 18 holes after a lot of hassle from the environmentalists. A few of the fairways on the original nine were built on quite nasty slopes which made them anti- golf ! Mind you, lovely setting, overlooking the town.

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