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Get the most from your machine

Get the most from your machine: Nothing is more important than keeping machines running, which is why the role of servicing and maintenance is key to the success of every business. From the correct way to tilt the mower, to the wrong way to clean spark plugs, Kawasaki Engines looks at how to get the most from your machine.

Martin Cook, parts and technical manager and Dave Dunwoody, technical and after sales specialist, both from Kawasaki Engines have decades of engineering experience and provide advice on common mistakes, tips and ideas for keeping your machinery, and your business, running.

Get the most from your machine

Get the most from your machine

No one knows a mower better than the person using it, so trust your instincts, says Dave: “We’ve been called out to a premiership football club to service a pedestrian mower because the operator could sense a change in the precision of the cutting through the vibrations of the machine. The mower was hesitating and the blade slightly slowing down. We found an issue with the carburettor and while it didn’t affect the mowing quality as such, it did affect cutting the pattern into the pitch.

“So, while it sounds simple, maybe even obvious, it’s important to use your senses to detect changes in the machine. Is there a new or unusual smell, noise or feeling such as vibrations? In the case of two-stroke engines, it could be that the fuel to oil ratio isn’t right. The ratio should be 50 to 1 (50 parts fuel to 1 part oil), so, for example, five litres of petrol will need 100ml of the correct two-stroke oil adding to it. We recommend using a two-stroke mixing bottle. Too little oil lubricating the engine, and it will dry and seize. Too much and there will be smoke, soot and fumes. It doesn’t take long for either to happen!

“We’ve seen cases where the fuel for a two-stroke engine was put in a four-stroke engine, and vice versa, an easy mistake to make when the job is busy and the day is long. Therefore, we strongly recommend marking up the cans and putting them in separate places to reduce the chances of this happening.”

When it comes to servicing we’ve seen some common mistakes. For example, it’s important not to delay routine servicing or skip the daily oil and air checks. Definitely don’t clean spark plugs with a steel wire brush as it leaves metal traces and will cause the plug to short out.

When it comes to maintenance these simple things will make sure you don’t incur problems later says Martin: “Check liquid levels on a flat surface, an incline will show more/less depending on which way it’s tilting. During normal deck inspection, tilting the mower the wrong way will lead to a flooding of fuel! The carburettor should always be uppermost. When jet-washing the machines after a hard day’s work, make sure to dry off excess water as pooling can easily damage the electricals. Using WD-40 is great post-wash as it displaces moisture and protects against electrical short circuits.

“Always consider where you put things – if you take off a jacket and pop it on the back of a zero-turn machine, make sure you don’t cover the engine fan as that will lead to overheating and can cause the engine to seize.

“Fuel has changed over the last few years, ethanol is now added to all petrol up to 10 percent, the reason for this is to decrease CO2 emissions. But ethanol is highly corrosive and hygroscopic (absorbs water), that’s why we are constantly telling people to drain and purge equipment for the winter months. Many people argue that they have a 40-year-old chainsaw and they have never had to drain it so why now? This is where we remind them about the ethanol content of fuel and due to recent RoHS directives, we are restricted to the materials we use in the carburettors. Older machines made use of chromium cadmium and lead, thankfully we no longer have these hazardous substances in our equipment, but it is now more important to drain and purge equipment before the winter shut down.”

The importance of genuine quality parts can never be underestimated, continues Martin: “It never pays to shop for the lowest cost parts to save money. We’ve seen an engine destroyed because an oil filter from a motorcycle was fitted. The filter looked the same, but because the fit wasn’t exact, the oil pressure built up and blew the filter apart, taking half the engine casing with it! All that damage, all for the sake of a few pence.”

Following these simple guidelines will not only ensure the utmost productivity from machines but will go a long way to increasing the life of the machine, giving you the most from your investment now and in the future.

To find out more about Kawasaki’s technical support or to learn more about their full engine range, visit https://www.kawasaki-engines.eu/en/

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Get more than before

Get more than before: Cylinder mower maintenance doesn’t have to be a chore and with Toro’s Reels+ there’s less time and labour needed on maintenance which means more time and labour for the mower. Plus, there are real savings to be made.

Michael Hampton, parts manager at Reesink Turfcare, and the exclusive distributor in the UK and Ireland of Toro Parts, says: “Never more so than now, there’s a focus in the marketplace for streamlining operations. By using Toro Reels+ customers can save up to 20 minutes of installation time per cylinder with the pre-installed flock seals and spacers.

Get more than before

Get more than before

“Not only does this means customers can get back into action a lot more quickly and efficiently, but there’s the added benefit of the peace of mind that comes with using professionally pre-assembled parts. It means there’s far less time and effort spent on maintenance and that means the machines are out mowing for longer.”

Toro invested in technology to ensure Reels+ guarantee a fit which matches the exact engineering specifications of the mower, as Michael explains: “As you might expect, a perfect fit produces a perfect cut. Will-fit parts have cylinders that can make tall grass short, but don’t account for the after-cut appearance and quality of cut. Toro prides itself on the quality of the cylinder, the job it performs, the time it saves for the operators and increasing the product life of the cutting units.”

Time isn’t just saved in maintenance though. Toro recommends replacing cylinders at the same interval to maintain the highest quality of cut, which is made easier by its distributor – Reesink Turfcare’s 24-hour delivery promise. Reesink also offers 48-hour delivery support, so you know you’re in good hands throughout the entire process.

To get a superior quality of cut, turn to the experts and make sure your business benefits from the multiple plus points of easier machinery maintenance with Toro Reels+ by visiting reesinkturfcare.co.uk today.

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Buy two get one free offer extended

Buy two get one free offer extended: Reesink Turfcare has expanded the buy two get one free offer on Toro’s Flex 35B multi-trajectory block sprinklers to include dual-trajectory sprinklers.

Considering the fluctuating weather conditions so far this spring, this will be music to greenkeepers’ ears; because handling varying temperatures, windy conditions and seasonal weather changes are what Toro’s Flex B Series does best.

Buy two get one free offer extended

Buy two get one free offer extended

Both the Flex 35B multi-trajectory block sprinklers and Flex B dual trajectory sprinklers with universal BSP thread are perfect for a quick irrigation upgrade and for ensuring consistent, efficient and effective irrigation.

Whether your course is exposed and catches the wind, if you have obstacles to avoid or need to reduce your sprinklers’ radius, the Flex B Series benefits from either multi-trajectory or dual trajectory adjustment to help you accomplish what you need. Which you choose from comes down to what level of control and precision you want. Both offer it, just in varying increments.

With the multi trajectory option, precision is in one degree increments from seven to 30 degrees. Dual trajectory meanwhile can be adjusted to a 25 degree setting to provide maximum distance of throw, or a 15 degree setting for improved wind performance and radius reduction.

Both allow you to tackle every obstacle on the course – wind, trees, bunkers, mounds and more.

But that’s not all. The ratcheting riser is an exclusive feature from Toro that allows you to simply pull up the riser and ratchet it to the precise position you want to water which means you can quickly and easily align or adjust watering locations to suit seasonal needs.

Robert Jackson, water division sales manager at Reesink Turfcare, the sole Toro distributor in the UK for irrigation products, says: “Flexibility is vital when it comes to effective irrigation, because in order to get the most out of your irrigation system, you need to be able to adapt to changing conditions fast. The Flex 35B multi-trajectory and dual-trajectory sprinklers have a range of features that allow you to achieve this and that’s what makes the range perfect for golf courses.”

For flexible irrigation in all conditions the Flex 35B multi-trajectory and dual-trajectory sprinklers are the perfect solution. A streamlined body, yet with all the Toro innovation contained within, the buy two get one free offer for either model, is likely to be a head turner, says Reesink, encouraging its customers to enquire while the promotion is on and while stocks last. Call Reesink on 01480 226800 or visit reesinkturfcare.co.uk for further information.

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Get ready for summer with Otterbine

Get ready for summer with Otterbine: With the sun can come dangers for your lakes and ponds and as we know the warm weather arrived early last year with April the sunniest on record. As a result, water management specialist Otterbine is advising greenkeepers to be prepared and take action now to avoid problems and costly fixes later.

Left unattended for long periods of time water can quickly deteriorate, leaving lakes and ponds with problems such as algae, aquatic weeds and odours meaning the importance of water management can’t be underestimated.

Get ready for summer with Otterbine

Get ready for summer with Otterbine

Peter Newton, commercial and golf irrigation sales representative at Reesink explains: “It’s vital to take care of your water now so you’re not faced with a sudden onslaught of problems once the weather gets warmer. Higher levels of sunlight and heat, generated by summer sun, can lead to excess nutrients in water bodies. When combined with low oxygen levels and limited circulation, the natural ecosystem tips out of balance, which is what can cause algae, weeds, odours and sludge build up, which can even kill off aquatic life.

“Once a water body reaches this point the costs of trying to restore it increase dramatically. As well as often being more expensive to implement, reactive solutions tend to be less friendly to the environment too.”

With Otterbine aerating fountains, industrial aerators and diffused air systems and their proven high oxygen transfer rates, there’s a simple and natural solution to prevent water quality deteriorating.

“The most natural water quality management solution is to introduce aeration to eliminate stagnant water,” says Peter. “This will increase oxygen levels, and circulate oxygen rich water throughout the lake, pond or water reservoir to keep the water clean, clear and healthy.”

And with Otterbine’s comprehensive warranties ranging from three to five years on its range of products including the Giant Fountain, Fractional Series, Air Flo 3 and Fountain Glo Lights, you can rest assured that not only will your water body stay in good shape, but your fountain or aerator will be looked after too.

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Get the mow how

Get the mow how: Honda knows gardens are as important to our homes as any room in the house, more so than ever before. In a single day, the lawn is a running track for the dog, a football pitch for the kids and a dinner spot for the family. To withstand all this, we need to look after our lawn and gardens, and to do so successfully, we need to understand the significant role the weather plays.

To investigate and explore this intrinsic relationship between weather and gardening, Honda has teamed up with TV’s Broadcast Meteorologist, Laura Tobin, for the season ahead. A self-confessed weather fanatic, Laura’s career in meteorology started at the Met Office, before she moved to the RAF to provide mission-critical, aeronautical meteorology reports and briefings to flight crews. Since then, Laura has become one of the nation’s top weather forecasters, appearing regularly one some of the most-viewed national programmes hosted by leading broadcasters.

Get the mow how

Get the mow how

Over the course of the gardening season, Laura will feature in five episodes in which she will visit and speak to lawn and garden experts to uncover hints, tips and guidance that you can apply in your own garden, taking into account the influential effects of weather and climate change.  Along the way, we will also be bringing you some handy information on how our range of Honda mowers can help you keep your lawn in optimum condition.

Our first video sees Laura visit Tamsin Westhorpe in the stunning, frost-kissed Stockton Bury Gardens, Herefordshire. The pair talk about what to expect from the weather in the first month of spring and what your care routine for the “backbone” of your garden, the lawn, should be, starting with the season’s first cut; looking at when, why and how to perform it.

We look at the constantly evolving climate patterns that have and are continuing to change mowing habits in your garden for good. This all means you may be mowing earlier in the season and for longer – demanding a durable, reliable and high quality lanwmower, such as the izy-ON HRG 466 XB, to live up to the task ahead.

In the video, Tamsin shares her experience of using the Izy and how she’s found Honda’s all-electric, Cordless mower to be a revelation thanks its clean and quiet operation as well as it’s user-centric features such as the Versamow Variable, single-speed propulsion and Universal Battery system.

Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2Ipp5kuA7U&t=1s

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MHM get tanked up

MHM get tanked up: “Deciding to invest in a range of fluid tanks was one of the easier decisions we’ve had to make during our ten years in business,” comments Mat Llewellyn, MHM’s managing director. “Naturally, our line of generators, lighting towers, and welders all need refuelling from time to time, so having the option to offer our clients a complete package seemed a sensible conclusion.”

The first of these fluid tanks that MHM have brought to the market place is the Fuel Buddy. The Fuel Buddy is available in both 950, 2000 and 3000 litre sizes with the 950 and 2000 models available either skid mounted or fitted onto road tow braked trailers.  Presently, the 3000 litre version is only available skid mounted. All are delivered with a three year warranty. To assist against ground contamination, they each feature a fully bunded base which retains all spilt fluids and their handy stackable design is particularly useful for safe storage, when space is at a premium. Each Fuel Buddy is equipped with a lockable access/storage hatch for the pump kit (electric or hand) and the generator or heater connection kit. For added versatility, the tanks have been designed to be quickly interchangeable, as only a few bolts are required to secure the tank to the trailer. A user also has the alternative to either manually operate the fuel delivery pump or take up the option of a 12, 110, or 230 volt system.  There is also a further option for petrol driven pump. For added protection, an anti-slip chequered plate is fitted at the front for steady access to the cabinet space.

MHM get tanked up

MHM get tanked up

All of these features help to make the Fuel Buddy ideally suited for hire companies – enabling a rental firm to offer either static or towable tanks with their clients’ preferred transfer pump option. It only takes around fifteen minutes to change to the preferred pump.

For sound loading and unloading the Fuel Buddy is supplied with four forklift pockets and lifting eyes. Its attractive and protective galvanised framework with a durable powder coated paint finish, renders the Fuel Buddy robust, rugged and ‘rental-ready’ in just about any environment.

With environmental considerations at the forefront, MHM have included the option of having a 30w solar panel fitted to the Fuel Buddy. This system is designed to trickle feed a charging kit situated inside the cabinet, which in turn, provides a similar charge to a 12v battery. This dual operation results in supplying sufficient power to the 12v fuel transfer pump.

All MHM tanks are available for purchase brand new or, quality used. They are also available for rehire to bona fide UK and Ireland rentals firms. Currently MHM have an extra offer of some attractively priced ex demo units which include the three year warranty.

MHM have appointed Brad Ireland as their new UK and Ireland sales manager, with a particular responsibility for marketing the MHM range of fuel, fluid and water storage distribution systems. Brad already has a wealth of experience in these market places and he is keen to impart his knowledge to all interested organisations.

“Brad is a key appointment for MHM as we expand our range of equipment and in particular our new line of fluid distribution products. His experience in this area will be invaluable as we expand this range,” concluded Mat.

MHM was incorporated in 2010 and supplies their range of equipment throughout the UK and Ireland via its’ nationwide three depot network. The MHM plant head office is based in Port Talbot, South Wales. The company supplies power generation, solar-hybrid-generators, fuel storage, lighting towers, engine driven welders and product related accessories to the UK and Irish rental markets, for both hire and purchase.

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Primo and Ryder get SUPERSIZED

Primo and Ryder get SUPERSIZED: ICL has announced that Syngenta’s Primo Maxx II growth regulator and Ryder turf pigment are now available in larger sized packs. 

With immediate effect, turf managers now have the option of purchasing Primo Maxx II in 20-litre drums and Ryder in 5-litre bottles. Both are significant increases on the former sized containers and are set to provide better turf at better value.

Primo and Ryder get SUPERSIZED

Primo and Ryder get SUPERSIZED

The new pack sizes mean that Primo Maxx II is now available in 5 litre, 10 litre and 20 litre packs whilst Ryder is available in 1 litre and 5 litre bottles.

Primo Maxx II is the number one choice for industry professionals who want to create stronger, healthier turf and a better playing surface. The growth regulator works by obstructing the grass plant’s production of gibberellic acid, which is accountable for vertical growth. Where Primo Maxx II excels and other growth regulators fall short, Primo Maxx II creates the obstruction late in the growth cycle, which serves to stop cell elongation and keep shoots and stems short.

Launched just last year, Ryder has gained rave reviews from users with many praising its ability to instantly enhance the colour and visual appearance of turf. The innovative technology behind Ryder also protects leaves from the harmful effects of excessive sunlight and instead manages light more effectively. Furthermore, the intensity of colour produced by Ryder can be selected through adjustments to application rate, frequency and integrated turf management programmes.

If you are interested in the larger sized packs, please speak to your ICL area sales manager or distributor representative for more details.

Please contact ICL on 01473 237100 or visit www.icl-sf.co.uk or www.icl-sf.ie if you are in Ireland.

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Get Straight With Glyphosate

Get Straight With Glyphosate: Glyphosate has been in the news again recently, and as groundcare professionals look to their 2019 weed control programmes, Roundup Technical Development Manager Barrie Hunt gives an update on legal and best practice information to help plan ahead.

Q. What is the legislative situation with glyphosate at the moment?

A. Glyphosate was formally re-Approved on 12th December 2017 by the European Commission.

Get Straight With Glyphosate

Q. How long has glyphosate been approved for and what does that mean for Roundup products?

A. Glyphosate, as an active substance, has been approved for a period of 5 years. The second stage of the process is the reauthorisation of the individual glyphosate products and this is currently ongoing. Both Roundup ProVantage and ProActive have been submitted for reauthorisation and we expect that process to be completed by the end of the year. In the meantime, both products continue to be fully available.

Q. Are they stocked by the same range of distributors?

A. Yes, there have been no changes to distribution agreements and you can still order Roundup products from your usual merchants.

Q. Are there any new restrictions on using glyphosate products?

A. The major change to product availability affected glyphosate products containing POE-t, also known as ethoxylated tallow amine, which is a surfactant to help wet the leaves. Since the end of June 2018 products containing POE-t are no longer authorised for use or storage. No Monsanto amenity glyphosate products contain POE-t.

We are not aware of any changes of use or label restrictions and in our product re-authorisation applications we have applied for the full range of existing uses.

Q. One of my local authority clients has expressed concern about using glyphosate in public open spaces such as parks. How can I put their mind at rest?

A. Roundup has been used successfully and safely for more than 40 years. Roundup ProVantage and ProActive act on the target’s enzyme system, which is unique to plants and not found in humans, animals, fish or insects. Roundup products have been widely used for over 40 years and their safety has been assessed by Pesticides Regulatory Agencies from all over the world, including the World Health Organisation.

As part of the recent re-Approval process, the European Food Safety Authority and the European Chemicals Agency both assessed glyphosate in detail and concluded that it can be used safely and does not cause cancer.

People, pets and wildlife need not be kept out of treated areas, although it is best not to walk in areas where the spray is still wet as transfer to other vegetation may lead to unwanted damage to other foliage. Once the spray is dry this cannot occur.
A leaflet explaining how Roundup works is available to distribute to clients and to the public – contact the helpline on 01954 717575 for copies.

Q. Is there anything I can do as a contractor to help ensure that glyphosate remains available for use in the future?

A. Always use chemical products in accordance with the label recommendations and all applicable pesticide legislation, and in conditions where the active ingredients can work most effectively to avoid the risk of resistance.

Although there are no known cases of glyphosate resistance in the UK, it is a very real threat, and amenity professionals should have a Resistance Management Strategy in place.

This includes using the correct dose rate of a reputable, approved glyphosate product, treating at the correct weed growth stage with correctly calibrated equipment and in good conditions; using other active ingredients and non-chemical methods of weed control as part of an Integrated Weed Management Plan.

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Get The Edge With Toro

Get The Edge With Toro: To be blunt, Toro’s new bedknife is anything but. Thanks to the use of hardened tool steel, Toro’s EdgeMax bedknives stays sharper for longer, therefore bringing a crisper cut and less wear to Toro greens and fairway mowers, whilst also ensuring significant time and cost savings. 

Brought to the UK market by Reesink Turfcare, EdgeMax bedknives provide up to three times longer edge retention than a standard bedknife and means 50 percent less time is required adjusting, backlapping, grinding and replacing, tests performed by Toro confirm.

Get The Edge With Toro

There are multiple benefits to this: a cleaner, crisper cut for healthier turf, unrivalled after-cut appearance, significantly lower parts costs and a reduction in maintenance time. What’s more, bedknives that maintain their sharpness ensure the machine incurs less wear, enabling it to work more efficiently and smoothly.

Michael Hampton, parts manager at Reesink, says: “It will come as no surprise that together this combination equates to long-term cost and labour savings.”

By buying Toro, rather than a will-fit competitor, means you can also be reassured of consistent hole alignment on every bedknife, certified and trackable steels coils and computer controlled machining and finishing, thanks to Toro’s leading manufacturing process.

Available across Toro’s Greensmaster and Reelmaster ranges on models fitted with DPA (Dual Precision Adjustment) cutting units, EdgeMax bedknives bring a 9.5mm and above height of cut to fairways and a 1.59mm and above height of cut to greens. To find out more or place on order, contact Reesink’s parts department on 01480 226870.

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Get Ready

Get Ready: The Ryder Cup is looming. Turf Matters pitches some questions to key people in the run up to the big event.

ALEJANDRO REYES
Golf Courses and Estate Manager, Le Golf National

What is the biggest compliment you have had about the venue?

I don’t know if it is the biggest compliment, but I remember one during the 2014 French Open. Sky Sports were talking about long putting on the first green, and the commentator said, “these greens are as pure as they can be.” I saw this and took a video of it with my mobile phone, which I still have to this day. I was very proud of that comment!

What will be the most rewarding thing for you regarding hosting the Ryder Cup?

I’m looking forward to Sunday afternoon of the Ryder Cup, once the last putt has been made. Everyone will be happy with the set-up and hopefully we will have a good week. The main thing is that our staff, the organisation and the players are all happy and proud of the job that we have done – that will be the most rewarding thing.

Get Ready

How do you cope with the pressures of hosting such a prestigious event?

At this point in time, I don’t have too much pressure. As I always say, I sleep very well; I don’t get under pressure easily. Any pressure I do have is usually not to do with the tournament, so I just try to enjoy every moment here with the team.

What helped you make the decision to pick Jacobsen over the other big names?

Service, tournament support and the security that we already had with Jacobsen. This course was Jacobsen since 2011, and when we were doing the bidding process for the Ryder Cup in 2015, security and trust were the biggest factors. We receive fantastic tournament support from Jacobsen every year for the French Open, and that’s what we wanted for the Ryder Cup. We were just delighted with the quality of the mowers, and we trust in them to produce top quality surfaces. For us, it was an easy choice.

What is your favourite Jacobsen machine and why?

My personal favourite is the Eclipse 2 greens mower, the 122 model (pictured left). We use 15-blade cutting units, and I really like the groomer attachment. We are also able to easily adjust the frequency of cut with just one button, and the reliability is fantastic- great mower.

I am also a big fan of the Jacobsen fairway mowers. We are going to have the new SLF530 super lightweight fairway mowers for the Ryder Cup; I am impressed with what I have seen so far and the team is looking forward to mowing with them this summer.

What has been your career’s biggest challenge before you came to Le Golf National?

Without a doubt, it was when I was 25 years old. I got my first golf course superintendent position at a Jack Nicklaus signature course in the south of Spain. I had a lot of education and experience, but it was a huge challenge. It’s hard when you are so young and you have to make your own decisions for the first time, that was a lot of pressure! Managing a team for the first time was difficult as well, it’s very easy to make mistakes when you lack experience of management, but it was a great learning curve and it made me a better person for it.

Are you keeping the blanket cut or going back to the diamond cut on the fairways for the Ryder Cup?

We are going to cut the fairways all one way.

It will probably be tee to green.

PAUL ARMITAGE
General Manager, Le Golf National

What brought you to Le Golf National and how long have you been here?

I got the job at Le Golf National in May 2014, and started in September 2014. When I saw this job come up, I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by, so I decided to apply for it; it’s the kind of job that comes up once in a blue moon. I’ve been working in France for more than 20 years now, mainly in the golf industry. This role seemed like a natural career progression, and the prospect of being involved in hosting the 2018 Ryder Cup, and the Olympic golf competition in 2024 is very exciting.

Biggest challenge you’ve faced during your time here and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge was to change the culture and the mindset of the club. Le Golf National is 25 years old now, and there were a lot of habits and routines to shake up when I arrived. I wanted to focus the staff on the fact that we are a Ryder Cup destination, the fact that our customers expect high standards and the fact that we have one of the best golf courses in the world. I needed them to realise that we had to achieve those high standards every single day.

What does it mean to Le Golf National and to France to be hosting the Ryder Cup this year?

For Le Golf National, it’s an honour and a privilege to be hosting the Ryder Cup. However, without the tenacity of the French Golf Federation throughout the bidding process and all the way now, we couldn’t do it alone, so all credit must go to them. For the country, it is a huge deal. Pascal Grizot, who is the president of the France 2018 Ryder Cup committee did a fantastic job of accomplishing his vision of bringing the Ryder Cup to France and gaining support from the government as well as local support. Pascal made it into a nationwide bid. You can feel the excitement in the media around the event. With the announcement of Tiger Woods as the US team vice-captain, there’s an even bigger buzz, and the enormity of the event really hits home. It’s very exciting, and a huge honour to be involved.

What is the best piece of advice you could give to anyone wanting to become a General Manager at a golf club?

You must love people. It’s not enough to be a passionate golfer, you must have the customer service skills and the ideas and drive to grow the business. It’s important to communicate well with staff, and to motivate them, and it also helps to take time out to speak with customers and ask if they’ve enjoyed their experience.

How does your relationship with Jacobsen benefit the club? What is your attitude when it comes to turf maintenance equipment?

We have a very long and happy relationship with Jacobsen; we have used the brand at Le Golf National for a very long time. To be able to keep the agreement in place, and develop it even more, throughout the Ryder Cup is a huge bonus for us. The golf course is the most important thing, and if you look at some of the remarks on social networks, the standard of the greens, tees and fairways comes out on top, and is commended time and time again. Without the correct resources, we can’t do that. The turf maintenance equipment is key, and we are very happy with the Jacobsen kit, and so are the greenkeeping team we have here.

Can you describe a typical day for a General Manager?

No. Every day is different. That’s what makes it so much fun. At Le Golf National, we have three different courses, which offer a diverse offering to our customers. In turn, there is a lot of variety and different aspects to my job. With the Ryder Cup, the 2024 Olympic Games, the French Open, Paris Legends, and other events like that, it adds another dimension, so no two days are the same!

What do you do when you’re not working?

I love eating, sleeping, drinking red wine, spending time with my family, and cooking!

What’s your favourite Ryder Cup moment?

The miracle at Medina. I got to the golf course early on Sunday morning, slightly depressed about the scores and the task Europe faced. However, there was something about the golf course that morning – it was chilly, windy, and there was nobody there. There weren’t many Americans there, and everybody was supporting Europe. To experience that day at Medina and see that European team turn things around and win the Ryder Cup was amazing.