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Four acres of Capillary Bunkers at Sagamore

Four acres of Capillary Bunkers at Sagamore: Founded in 2004, the Sagamore Club to the north of Indianapolis has a lot of bunker sand. In fact, according to superintendent Dan Grogan, who has been with the club since 2006, it has a total of four acres of formal bunkers, with high-sand flashed faces into the bargain.

It isn’t surprising, then, that bunker maintenance has always been a big job at Sagamore. “When the course was built, there was a liner installed under the original sand, but as the bunkers were repeatedly edged, more and more soil was exposed around them and the sand got more and more contaminated,” says Grogan. “Inevitably, it took us a long time to get the bunkers back into condition after severe rain – we had to pump them out, which took a lot of time and a huge amount of labour. We had to do something about it.”

Four acres of Capillary Bunkers at Sagamore

Four acres of Capillary Bunkers at Sagamore

Grogan started looking at the best options available to line his bunkers. After research, he concluded that the Capillary Bunkers solution seemed best for Sagamore’s needs. “I started doing some homework and talking to other superintendents about bunker liner technology, and I realised that Capillary Bunkers had one key advantage for us over competing products – we could install it ourselves,” he says. “So, in 2016, we did so on an initial test bunker. We picked one that washed out regularly and didn’t drain too well, and we were very pleased with the results. Based on that, we started an in-house bunker update project, picking off the bunkers one by one.”

This went on for a while. “Eventually, we had done more than fifty bunkers in-house – more than two and a half acres of them,” he says. “There was only one greenside bunker left, but it was an enormous one, more than 20,000 square feet. I realised it was time to bring in the cavalry!”

The cavalry, in this case, was a crew from contractor Landscapes Unlimited, which owned Sagamore at the time. “They mobilised on site in September 2018 and were onsite for two and a half months to complete the remaining bunkers,” says Grogan.

Four years on, Dan Grogan is still extremely happy with his decision. “We are delighted with our bunkers,” he says. “Sometimes we get a huge rain event, and there’s a tiny bit of contamination, but it isn’t anything we can’t easily deal with, and apart from that, there’s nothing. Before we installed the Capillary Bunkers liner, if we had an inch of rain, half of our bunkers would need to be pumped out. Maybe a third of them would be back in play the first day after the rain. Now, we are fully back up and running by lunchtime on the first day. This fall, we had six and a half inches of rain in eighteen hours. There were definitely some washouts – we have steep faces that are eight to ten feet high – but we were back to normal in two days. That would have been an impossible dream beforehand.”

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Only four weeks until SALTEX

Only four weeks until SALTEX: With more exhibitors returning to this years’ SALTEX than ever before and a plethora of new exhibitors joining the line-up, event organisers at the GMA are keen to remind visitors not to leave it too late to register for their free ticket to SALTEX, which gives direct access to the biggest brands in the industry and the latest technology all under one roof.  

SALTEX is the annual one-stop-shop for thousands of individuals working to install, manage and maintain the UK’s outdoor green spaces whether that be sports pitches, fine turf, estates and landscapes, schools, colleges and universities or parks and playgrounds and this year more than any other visitors from all these sectors can be guaranteed to have more products, more technology and more innovations available to them at the show.

Only four weeks until SALTEXOnly four weeks until SALTEX

Only four weeks until SALTEX

Geoff Webb, GMA CEO, says: “With the huge array of exhibitors at the show this year, attendees can be guaranteed of a worthwhile trip. There are innovations and product launches, with industry favourites alongside the new and unique, meaning a terrific line-up of kit for visitors to see. The vast range of subjects being covered in this year’s expansive Learning LIVE seminar schedule, means there is something relevant for all groundspeople today, addressing the issues whether working at grassroots level or the very top of the industry.

“We know many people leave it until the last minute to book events and make plans, however we encourage printing your badge in advance to gain fast tracked entry with no queuing, squeezing every available minute out of the networking and learning opportunities, whilst doing business and making deals with businesses in all sectors of the industry.”

With the ECO Village programme jam-packed with daily demonstrations for the show duration, Learning LIVE sessions extended to over 30, and with an award nomination for an EN Indy Award for ‘Trade Show of the Year’ in its pocket, the 2022 show really isn’t one to miss.

Conveniently centrally situated at the Birmingham NEC, there are plenty of transport options to access the show. For those coming by rail, the NEC is just a four-minute walk from Birmingham International railway station and for those driving, there is ample parking, with GMA members’ receiving free parking with their membership for the duration of the event. There’s also the option of bus, tram and even aeroplane for those travelling from overseas.

So there really is no reason not to register today for your free ticket to SALTEX at saltex.org.uk  or you can register here

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ISEKI’s fab four at Stowe School

ISEKI’s fab four at Stowe School: Grounds Manager Steve Curley has revealed why Stowe School has purchased four different ISEKI machines in just three years.

Steve has been working at Stowe, a leading public school in Buckinghamshire for an incredible twenty-nine years. Overseeing a team of fifteen members of staff, Steve is responsible for three-hundred acres of sports fields and gardens including a nine-hole golf course.

ISEKI's fab four at Stowe School

ISEKI’s fab four at Stowe School

In maintaining such a vast area of land, Steve inevitably has a wide range of equipment, but he claims his ISEKI fleet covers most bases.

It all started with the ISEKI TG6675 compact tractor, as he explains.

“We needed something with a bit more horsepower to enable us to do heavier work,” said Steve. “After a few demonstrations of various tractors from our local dealer RT Machinery, we decided to get the TG6675, with 65-horsepower, and that has allowed us to use some implements and attachments that we were not previously able to. It’s been fantastic for us.”

The ISEKI TG6675 sets the benchmark for compact tractor performance. It is built to exceptional standards of quality, starting from the front lights through to the back three-point linkage. It is available with ROPS, or a factory fitted, fully air-conditioned category 2 cabin. All instruments and gauges are easy to read and indicate driving information like engine speed, travelling speed, and PTO speed can be viewed at a glance. All levers are ergonomically located around the driving seat and there is ample space for the driver’s comfort

Based on the success of the TG6675, he then purchased an ISEKI TLE3400 shortly after.

“This mainly does all of our trailer work and helps us pick up the rubbish,” said Steve. “With it being a boarding school, it is like a small town, and we must pick up the rubbish twice a day, every day. We end up with twenty trailer loads of waste per day and we put that in compactors – so this is ideal to pull the trailers.”

The TLE3400 is ISEKI’s new premium economy tractor. This 38 horse-power tractor has a three-speed hydrostatic transmission and a lift capacity of 1000 kg. It is supplied with agricultural or turf tyres as standard. An optional front loader is also available.

“After purchasing these two machines, we decided to purchase the ISEKI TG6490 IQ compact tractor for top dressing and slitting,” continued Steve.

“This has been very successful for us and one of the main reasons for buying it was because of the IQ gearbox which enables us to go up and down the gears very easily.”

As Steve says, the ISEKI TG6490 features an IQ dual clutch transmission which offers the control of a manual with the convenience of an automatic. There are eight main gears and three ranges. Gears are changed by simply moving the gear lever through the straight shift gate.

Steve purchased his fourth ISEKI machine when he felt the time had come to upgrade the school’s ride-on mower. The ISEKI SXG323 + is the ultimate in cut and collection mowers and offers power, performance, and unsurpassed productivity. A 48” (1.22M) mower deck provides a superior quality of cut while the large capacity, high torque 1123cc diesel engine is powerful and fuel efficient. Furthermore, the SXG323+ performs exceptionally even in the wet conditions, allowing you to work without the weather restricting you.

“The capacity of cut is a lot bigger than our old mower and we can get more grass in the box,” said Steve. “It also has a high tail lift which enables us to put it on a trailer straight away if needs be, so we are not double handling the grass. The other bonus is that it is costing us a lot less to run than our old petrol mower. We use this around most of the gardens and it performs brilliantly.

“Overall, these ISEKI machines have been fantastic value for money. They are very easy to service, and we’ve not had any problems whatsoever. The whole team has enjoyed working with them.”

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Pellenc launch four year warranty

Pellenc launch four year warranty: Pellenc UK has announced the launch of an industry leading four-year commercial warranty for all batteries and three-year warranty for all tools.

Following the successful launch at SALTEX 2009, Pellenc has quickly become the leader in professional battery-powered tools, with a range of batteries able to undertake a full working day on a single charge.  Productivity was brought to a new level, while reducing vibration, noise and Co2 emissions.

Pellenc launch four year warranty

Pellenc launch four year warranty

Pellenc have a tried and tested knowledge and understanding of what a true professional user needs to undertake the move from petrol to battery tools. That now includes a warranty that gives peace of mind and confidence in equipment lasting the testing conditions of commercial use.

Les Malin, Managing Director of Etesia UK, the UK distributor for Pellenc commented: “A commercial user requires a commercial warranty. Since 2014, all Pellenc batteries and tools have had a three-year commercial warranty in the UK. Now, all new Pellenc batteries, purchased from 1st March 2020, will carry a four-year commercial warranty and three-year commercial warranty on all Pellenc tools.”

Pellenc is exclusively distributed in the UK and Ireland by Etesia UK.

For further information, please contact Etesia UK on 01295 680120 or visit www.pellencuk.com

You can also follow Pellenc on Twitter and Instagram @PellencUK for much more news, reviews and insightful views.

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Four Golf Greens Vandalised

Four Golf Greens Vandalised: Tayside Police are carrying out enquires after four greens were vandalised at a golf course near Dundee.

The damage occurred at Camperdown Golf Course after motorbikes were believed to have been ridden around the greens, ripping up large areas of the putting surfaces.

Four Golf Greens Vandalised

The 1st, 3rd, 4th and 9th holes were affected.

A Leisure & Culture Dundee spokesperson said: “We can confirm there has been extensive damage to Camperdown Golf Course.

“As this is now a police matter, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time although we would encourage anyone with information to contact Police Scotland.”

Police are asking if anybody knows who is responsible and to call 101 if you do, quoting 0608 of 25 Feb.

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