West Cornwall invests in efficient Toro

West Cornwall invests in efficient Toro: West Cornwall Golf Club, the oldest club in its county, has invested in Toro machinery to ensure maximum efficiency, in a move spearheaded by the club’s new course manager.

With a small team of four greenkeepers, West Cornwall Golf Club knows the importance of having machinery that can get jobs done quickly without sacrificing on quality. Which is why course manager Lawrie Tremlett championed investing in Toro when he joined the club.

West Cornwall invests in efficient Toro

West Cornwall invests in efficient Toro

He explains: “I joined West Cornwall four months ago with an aim to help progress the course and make it the best it could be. When I looked at the areas we could improve upon I realised we were relying on hand mowers for larger tasks.

“It was taking half our team two and half days a week to cut the aprons using hand mowers and a trail-behind rough mower, that just wasn’t efficient and didn’t leave much time for other tasks, so we began looking into purchasing new equipment.”

With support from the club, Lawrie contacted Devon Garden Machinery to arrange a demonstration of models from Toro’s range of ride-on mowers.

“I’ve always thought Toro provided superior cut to other brands,” says Lawrie. “So it was exciting  to get Toro machines onto the course to see how they fared. We opted for the Greensmaster TriFlex 3400, which followed the contours of the course beautifully, the Reelmaster 3100-D which worked well on the banks and was very versatile, and the Groundsmaster 3400 which was not only powerful but cut very well in the wet.

“All of the machines impressed us, so it was an easy decision to add them to our fleet. Since we’ve had them, they’ve been incredibly reliable and we can see a big difference already. The quality of the course has improved and we’ve had brilliant feedback from our members.”

Club secretary, Gareth Evans, adds: “We haven’t had Toro machinery at the club for nearly ten years, however taking into account the cost, overall package and the quality, it was clear Toro was the best choice. The service from Devon Garden Machinery and Reesink has been fantastic, and we’re excited to see the course continue to improve.”

With Toro machines helping the team to be more efficient than ever, Lawrie is now looking to the future: “It’s fantastic to see how the course has improved with the addition of just three new Toro machines, but I’m not done yet. This partnership is just the first step as we work to continue improving the course.”

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First of many for Drayton Park

First of many for Drayton Park: Drayton Park Golf Club a course for all abilities designed and set out by James Braid, a five-time winner of the British Open Golf Championship, has recently added the GKB Sandspreader to maintain their picturesque grounds.

With impeccable standards and a policy of continuous improvement, the GKB Sandspreader was the obvious choice for course manager Dale Housden.

First of many for Drayton Park

First of many for Drayton Park

Having heard about the reliable and robust SP100 from a fellow course manager and after multiple recommendations, Dale knew he had to get his hands on one. With multiple reasons for sand filling and top dressing, the GKB Sandspreader can distribute a wide variety of materials in desired quantities all with hassle-free application. Using his machine for top dressing turf surfaces, Dale explains, “In 2001 our greens were re-laid to USGA standards and with continued improvements its essential we have a fleet of machines to keep the grounds in standard. The SP100 was the perfect addition.”

Ranging from 1m3 to 4m3, there are several hopper capacity options in four different designs. The shape and design of the sand hoppers ensure efficient operation and a clear view along the machine. Dale adds, “Even with a slightly larger hopper capacity, the weight distribution is seriously impressive.” The GKB Sandspreader can also be delivered with four pivoting balloon tires for the perfect distribution of the weight on the grounds.

Removing the necessity of complicated and intricate use, the GKB Sandpsreader offers effortless and simple control. “A top dresser is generally a simple machine to use, yet I have used a variety of brands before this GKB machine that seem to complicate controls. The GKB Sandspreader is simplistic yet effective,” praises Dale.

Impressed with GKB Machines for their fantastic customer service, Dale continues “Being a new customer to GKB I am thoroughly impressed with the sales, installation support and aftercare thus far.” With a team of nearly 200 people in Holland looking after sports fields and landscaping maintenance, GKB pulls experience directly from the field when developing machines. Dale resumes, “The fact that GKB design from hands-on experience with the end-users as their priority is thoroughly refreshing.”

Dale is excited to grow the relationship with GKB and is looking to purchase a GKB Sandfiller very soon.

For more on GKB Machines and their reliable and robust range of machinery for natural, hybrid and synthetic turf, please visit www.gkbmachines.com or contact Tom Shinkins on 07495 883617.

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PBR150 makes the grade for Chemquad

PBR150 makes the grade for Chemquad: With two major soft-landscaping projects in the diary, the decision to purchase a Power Box Rake 150 (PBR150) from BLEC was a timely one for Worcester based contractors, Chemquad.

Owner Tom Jennings estimates that the PBR’s ability to cultivate and grade even the most compacted ground saved one client almost £30,000, converting topsoil considered ‘unsalvageable’ into ground fit for seeding once again.

PBR150 makes the grade for Chemquad

PBR150 makes the grade for Chemquad

Chemquad started out 21 years ago carrying out commercial weed spraying but now mainly undertake commercial landscaping projects large and small, for clients in and around the Midlands. “We have a couple of bits of BLEC kit on our fleet already but were looking for something manoeuvrable but powerful enough to handle a variety of ground conditions” explains Tom. “I’d seen the PBR at SALTEX a few years back and knew of a couple of other contractors using it, so when I learnt that BLEC had launched a new lightweight, tractor-mounted model, it was a perfect fit.”

Without even having a demonstration, Tom purchased a PBR150 from his local Tallis Amos dealer in the midst of the COVID lockdown and it was put to work on a problem area almost straight away. “We were working on a housing development in Daventry which has a gas line running straight through the centre of it. We needed something that could deal with the compaction caused by site traffic but nothing too heavy or that worked too deep in the ground. The easily adjustable throw plate on the PBR meant we could rake surface stones to begin with and gradually lower it to grade stones from deeper in the surface. It did an incredible job.”

At the heart of the PBR150 is a carbide toothed rotor which contra rotates to pulverise and separate stones and debris from the soil, leaving a raked finish in its wake. Rear adjustable castor wheels give accurate depth control while side plates effectively gather up the windrowed material for clean and simple removal. “It’s a simple, robust unit that gives us accuracy and efficiency in operation. The savings we have made on these two major projects by not having to hire specialist equipment or purchase tonnes of new topsoil means the PBR has already paid for itself, and more.”

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The benefits of Mulching

The benefits of Mulching: Rotary flail manufacturer Muthing say their integral Mulching System MMS and new Vario System offers both time and financial benefits when compared to cutting and collecting on all areas of grass maintenance. The MU-H 1.6 to 2.2m and MU-L 1.8 to 2.8m front and rear mounted are ideal for tractors from 40hp to 130 hp.

Simon Richard the UK agent for the Muthing range says, “The purposely designed hood, in conjunction with a large easier driven spiral rotor gives better economy.  The high rotor speed, along with the ‘Shark fin’ shredding bar gives uniform mulching of all grass types, with the long material fed back through the rotor for a second cut. The material that is already shredded passes through to be distributed evenly behind the mower. The new addition of the adjustable Vario bar allows Infinitely variable mulching for rapid decomposition. Compacted thatch can also be mulched due to the strong suction by moving the Vario bar towards the rotor.

The benefits of Mulching

The benefits of Mulching

Higher forward speeds and larger area outputs with consistent quality are possible with no  wasted time or expense on collection and disposal of cut grass.  Hydraulic Side Shift allows for up to 56cm movement to get into awkward areas.

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Terra Spike gives Bentham peace of mind

Terra Spike gives Bentham peace of mind: Lancashire’s Bentham Golf Club has chosen a Wiedenmann Terra Spike GXi8 HD to help its team make the most of weather windows.

This summer, the family run club with its backdrop of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, proximity to the Dales and Forest of Bowland has attracted golf tourists from across the country. Its ‘on course’ cottages and high-end vacation pods have offered something different and proved hugely popular.

Terra Spike gives Bentham peace of mind

Terra Spike gives Bentham peace of mind

The course, too, has seen additional member traffic, prompting the purchase of a deep aerator.  For head greenkeeper, Shaun Conway it marks another positive step for the northern club.

“I joined Bentham in April during lockdown, which was a little strange to say the least.  Initially, my family and I lived in one of the lovely holiday cottages,” said Shaun, “so it really was an unusual, but memorable, beginning.

“But it’s all gone well. Lots of good things are happening; a new practice putting green is almost built; the course is looking sharper and the arrival of the new machine means a huge boost to our aeration programme.

“This is my first Wiedenmann. I’ve known Terra Spikes by reputation but it’s the incredible smoothness you notice… when you leave the cab you don’t feel shaken up.  I actually tried the ‘Wiedenmann tea cup test’ where you place a full cup of tea on top and set off across a green. I tried mine with a flask cup.    Not a drop lost!  An unexpected stone halfway through your trial isn’t good though, then it definitely spills …

“Immediately after installation we got all tees spiked with 20 mm tines to 10 cm with 5 degrees of heave. Next day, one of the lads started tackling the fairways to 15 cm.  You don’t need extra spanners; it’s a tool free and runs quietly and quickly. The speed is just great… it buys peace of mind that the job will get done.

“We’re a small team, mostly three, but sometimes four. This Autumn when conditions allow, we’ll be all over if we can, targeting known wet spots. A network of paths around the course means we can pretty much access all areas. For now, we’re operating with 8mm and 20 mm tines but next year 12 mm tines will come in handy. After the initial phase, the aeration programme going forward is to be out little and often. The speed and easy operation mean every three to four weeks. Even across the summer, we can get some discreet work done without golfers knowing.”

Bentham Golf Club is supplied by local dealer Balmer’s Garden Machinery,  at Burnley.  Balmer’s golf and turf machinery sales specialist, Ben Cook, and Wiedenmann UK’s demonstrator, Andy Kerr, together did the installation and operator training.

Ben Cook said: “The GXi8 gives Shaun flexibility to take advantage of weather windows.  Aeration is one of those vital tasks dependent on prevailing conditions.  Once the decision to ‘go’ is made you can get nine greens done in an afternoon. “

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Grub’s Chainsaw Boot – The Ultimate Protection

Grub’s Chainsaw Boot – The Ultimate Protection: Over the years the innovative and forward thinking team at leading footwear brand, Grub’s has developed an extensive range covering most outdoor and country settings and the safety boot collection is one they are extremely proud of.

Said Grub’s CEO, David Foster: “We are delighted that Grub’s are celebrating a tenth year of ISO 9001 accreditation. We work extremely hard in design and manufacturing to make sure our boots are best in class.”

Grub’s Chainsaw Boot – The Ultimate Protection

Grub’s Chainsaw Boot – The Ultimate Protection

New for 2020 the Grub’s CHAINAMIC™ for example has been put through vigorous Type Testing with the world’s leading testing facilities, SATRA, to create the first insulated neoprene Level 3 chainsaw boot.

Continued David: “The boot is a milestone in Chainsaw safety, patent and design protected, it will surely become a benchmark in the safety sector.”

The CHAINAMIC™ (CE EN ISO 17249:2013 SB P E FO Level 3) can protect against chainsaws at 28 metres per second.

The orange vamp located on the front contains a special material that clogs up the chain on the chainsaw to stop it moving round and preventing injury.

Completely STEEL FREE with Grubs trademark CERAMIC composite toecap which means the boot does not conduct electricity and is extremely cold protective.

The ballistic nylon insole is penetration resistant, built around a 5mm CR-Foam bootie to keep feet warm in cold -20ᵒC temperatures.

To ensure good grip the TREDZ™ sole has been tested to the highest level of SRC slip resistance, but for a more surefooted hold on ice and timber, screw in spikes can be fitted.

Sizes 6 – 13 available in Charcoal/Black.

For further information please contact Grub’s on 01204 567700 or visit www.grubsboots.com

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Toro a Ryder Cup supplier through 2029

Toro a Ryder Cup supplier through 2029: Toro, a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment, has been named the official Turf Maintenance Equipment & Irrigation provider for the Ryder Cup through 2029.

The agreement will begin in earnest with the 43rd Ryder Cup, which will be played September 21-26, 2021, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Toro a Ryder Cup supplier through 2029

Toro a Ryder Cup supplier through 2029

As the worldwide leading manufacturer of golf course maintenance equipment and irrigation systems for more than 100 years, Toro has a deep appreciation for golf and its industry, which increasingly prioritises environmental sustainability and performance.

“To be selected as the official equipment and irrigation partner for Ryder Cup events is a tremendous honour,” said Rick Olson, Toro Chairman and CEO. “We’re thrilled at the opportunity to support golf’s pre-eminent biennial team event, which promotes winning on behalf of team and country.”

Beyond Whistling Straits, the agreement covers four additional Ryder Cups this decade: 2023/Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Rome, Italy; 2025/Bethpage Black, Farmingdale, New York; 2027/Adare Manor, County Limerick, Ireland; and 2029/Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota.

“We’re elated to partner with Toro and to tap into an industry leader who views precision not as an ideal, but a norm,” said PGA of America Chief Commercial Officer, Jeff Price. “Our symbiotic relationship will target and promote innovation at each of our Ryder Cup sites, both domestically and in Europe, for the next decade.”

Guy Kinnings, European Ryder Cup Director, said: “We are delighted to formalise this agreement with Toro who have been tremendous supporters of both the European Tour and The Ryder Cup on European soil on many occasions, including the memorable contests at The K Club, Celtic Manor and Gleneagles.

“Their level of support and standard of equipment is second to none and we look forward to continuing the relationship across what I am sure will be another decade of memorable Ryder Cup action.”

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Hansa joins forces with Lawn Care Legends

Hansa joins forces with Lawn Care Legends: Lawn care professionals, landscapers and gardeners can be in with the chance of winning a top of the range Hansa chipper, worth £2,600, as part of a giveaway with Lawn Care Legends.

Hansa has donated one of its C7 chippers to the annual Lawn Care Legends giveaway that offers members of the online group the chance to win a prize bundle worth thousands.

Hansa joins forces with Lawn Care Legends

Hansa joins forces with Lawn Care Legends

Now in its third year, the Lawn Care Legends competition prizes are bigger and better than ever before, with the Hansa chipper being the top prize.

The competition will open in December via the Lawn Care Legends Facebook page. It is open to all members of the lawn and landscaping industry, either self-employed or employed.  To be in with a chance of winning, entrants need to submit three photos of their best work, showcasing their gardening prowess. The competition will be open throughout December, and an expert panel will then judge the entrants early in 2021 ahead of the winner being announced at SALTEX in March.

The prize donation continues Hansa’s work with founder of Lawn Care Legends, John Ryan. John is working with the brand as part of his “John’s Lawn Mowing” YouTube channel, where he reviews Hansa tools.

John started Lawn Care Legends in 2017 and since grown the Facebook group to have more than 5,000 active members with an international following. The group aims to unite all landscapers and gardeners, giving them a supportive place to showcase their work, share tips and advice, and ask questions for help from other members.

Established in the 1980s, Hansa specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality brush chipping and shredding equipment. The family run company has a strong heritage combined with constant evolution and innovation. It prides itself on the ethos of “providing the best chipping experience”, whether being used in a garden at home, by a landscaper, professional arborist or other commercial user.

For further info. Hansa products are available in the UK exclusively through Henton & Chattell dealerships. For further information, visit http://www.hansachippers.com or visit the Lawn Care Legends Facebook group to sign up.

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Troon International celebrates success

Troon International celebrates success: Troon, the leader in upscale golf course management, development, and marketing, celebrated its first-year triumphs since partnering with Yas Links Abu Dhabi, ranked in the top 50 of Golf Digest’s World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses 2020.

In August 2019, Troon announced its International Division’s latest partnership with Yas Links Abu Dhabi, sitting alongside Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club to complete the trio of championship venues in the UAE capital.

Troon International celebrates success

Troon International celebrates success

Led by Cluster General Manager, Francisco de Lancastre David, and Cluster Director of Agronomy, Clinton Southorn, there was an ambitious vision for Yas Links Abu Dhabi from the outset. Striving to develop the overall operations, in disciplines such as agronomy and recruitment, and create extraordinary guest and member experiences through personalised service, consistency, and uncompromising attention to detail.

Through efficiently managing all departments and utilizing the Troon supplier programs and tools, Troon reduced departmental costs across all departments by approximately 10% in 2019 and 30% in 2020 (YTD). As well as reducing costs, Troon Programs delivered over $900,000 in revenues.

Agronomy and course condition were also a focus in year one and significant improvements were seen in turf health, golfer’s playability conditions and the implementation of programs to ensure long term sustainability of the owner’s assets. Highlights from the Agronomy team include the cleaning and restoration of fairway and bunker drainage system, decreasing water pores to 29.47% for enhanced soil health, and reducing irrigation water by 5.9%, a significant saving considering an additional 350 sprinklers were repaired or replaced within this time frame.

Other additional value added through Troon management included the building and hosting of a website through the Troon Partner Program and global media coverage.

Back in 2019, Troon were tasked with safeguarding Kyle Phillips’ masterpiece. A year on and the renowned golf course designer commented: “I am delighted to see the progress and accomplishments by the Troon team at Yas Links Abu Dhabi. Having worked with Troon over the years, I have confidence in their ability to manage one of my finest creations”.

Commenting on this year’s success, Francisco de Lancastre David, Cluster General Manager: “It is incredible to see how far we have come in a year with the help of our Troon International corporate office. The team at Yas Links Abu Dhabi have shown unparalleled hard work and commitment and have risen to every challenge presented. Without each individual member of the team, we would not be where we are today.”

Mark Chapleski, President of Troon International, comments: “It’s been an exciting and busy year since signing with Yas Links. Our associates have excelled in the improvements made, within the year, particularly with the challenging circumstances the last six months presented. We are exceptionally optimistic about the future of the three Abu Dhabi venues under one ownership group and continuing to promote Abu Dhabi as a must visit destination for any golf enthusiast.”

Yas Links Abu Dhabi, established in 2010, is ranked no. 48 in Golf Digest’s Top 100. The par 72 18-hole championship course, designed by Kyle Phillips, is one of the few links courses in the region and also boasts a nine-hole Par 3 academy course, floodlit practice facilities and luxurious clubhouse.

For more information on Yas Links Abu Dhabi, please visit: www.troonabudhabi.com/yas-links-abu-dhabi

To find out more about Troon International, please visit: www.Troon.com/troon-international

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Kubota upgrades G-Series line-up

Kubota upgrades G-Series line-up: Building on its reputation for developing innovative solutions for customers in the Groundcare market, Kubota is pleased to announce the launch of its newly updated and popular G-Series range of mowers.

These mowers have been specially developed to meet the professional groundcare needs of key customer segments such as councils, contractors and large property owners.

Kubota upgrades G-Series line-up

Kubota upgrades G-Series line-up

There are two models in the new G-Series line-up, G231 and G261, both available with low and high dump grass collectors. These models have eye-catching developments such as a new hydrostatic transmission (HST) designed to increase traction and grip. The mowers are also equipped with powerful Kubota engines offering 23hp and 26hp, as well as an electromagnetic PTO clutch which replaces the hydraulic PTO, offering a more positive drive for consistent cutting performance.

Additionally, users of these new cutting-edge models will benefit from improved output, increased speed and greater comfort. G-Series mowers have been engineered to run faster and deliver improved mowing performance; saving time, money and effort for customers. The enhanced performance and adaptability of Kubota’s new G-Series also enables operators to work more efficiently across various types of terrain which can pose a multitude of challenges.

With a top speed of 19.0km/h, the highest in the industry, G-Series mowers enable users to cut grass at higher speeds and ultimately finish the job quicker. Enhanced driver comfort is also offered by the new tilting steering wheel.

An improved collecting system features a wider and taller chute with a shorter travel distance between the deck and the grass collector enabling impeccable grass flow and reduced clumping. More grass can be handled with ease and efficiency.

The new G-Series will be on display and available for sale at Kubota dealerships this autumn.

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