Course Maintenance

Toro fleet for Hainault Golf Club

It was a deal a couple of years in the making for Hainault Golf Club in Chigwell, Essex, as it changed machinery brands and settled on a large fleet with Toro and Reesink, and it was worth the wait according to course manager Paul Selbie.

Choosing a new machinery brand and partnering with a new distributor are two big decisions, requiring research and demonstrations, and it can take time to be sure it’s the right move for the future of the club. But actually, Paul says, the decision to commit to Toro and Reesink Turfcare was a straight-forward one, made with no hesitation: “This was my first machinery fleet deal at Hainault. I appreciate it’s a big thing to step away from what the club and team have known and relied on for a long time, but with the previous machines well-overdue an upgrade, it was the right time to present all the options to the team. 

“Everyone was involved and while I had used Toro previously, no one else had,” Paul continues. “The feedback was really interesting from the demos and it brought everything to the table, not just the performance of the machines, but the bigger picture. For example, was Reesink the right distributor, was Richard Freeman the right contact and would the support and back-up be there? 

“The Reesink team was really involved in demoing the Toro machines with us and you could clearly see this was important to them. Richard made it feel like the beginning of a long-term relationship: it certainly wasn’t just a deal to him.” 

Paul says the machines ability to cope with the two courses which are both hilly, parkland and tree-lined, led the team to unanimously conclude that Toro suited the lay of the land and performed very well. And while there could have been better machines out there for certain aspects of course maintenance, what could not be bettered was the whole package and the deal was done in 2018. 

So why the delay in the process? Well, that comes down to factors out of Paul’s control such as renegotiating the lease of the land, Paul says: “We had to press pause and while it was frustrating, it was worth the wait to receive them in 2020 of all years. We’ve had the time to get to know the machines, their capabilities and can confirm that Toro really does exceed in terms of efficiency. That counted and meant that, despite a reduced work force, the course was in excellent shape when we opened back up again after lockdown.”

 

Included in the order are two Toro Greensmaster TriFlex 3400 mowers, two Greensmaster 3250-D mowers, two Reelmaster 5610-D mowers, a Groundsmaster 3500-D mower, the Groundsmaster 1200 towed rotary mower, a Workman GTX utility vehicle and a GreensPro 1260 greens roller. 

Paul says: “It is a fleet predominantly focused on frontline machines, but with further investment plans in place for the next couple of years, that won’t be the case for long. Business is good, the course is presenting really well and we’re planning on putting Toro through its paces with some improvement projects over the winter months too so we’re in a positive place with some exciting things to look forward to.”

 

To talk to someone about the finance options available and how the Toro range would suit your course, call 01480 226800.

 

Palmares Invests In New Club Car Fleet 

Club Car, an Official Supplier to The European Tour, has delivered a fleet of 40 new Tempo golf cars to Palmares Ocean Living & Golf in Portugal.

The luxury touristic and residential resort, located between the Bay of Lagos and the Alvor estuary on the Algarve, has recently undergone significant development with an impressive new clubhouse, designed by the award-winning RCR Arquitectes, opening last year as well as the construction of high-end villas and apartments.

Palmares’ Golf Director, Débora Andrade, said: “With so many fantastic developments at Palmares, it was the right time to upgrade our golf car fleet to the latest model. We know we are getting the very best product available along with unrivalled customer service with Club Car. The new fleet looks fantastic and we are happy to be able to give our members and guests a superior experience.

“The whole process of ordering and receiving the cars was incredibly straightforward, and now we have them we are confident in their reliability and performance. We are happy to continue this very positive relationship with Club Car.”

 

Delivered by Club Car’s Portuguese dealer, Golfejardim, the high-spec vehicles feature the Tempo model’s rust-proof aluminium frame, a spacious dashboard and the comfort package which comprises premium seats, comfort steering wheel and dual USB ports.

They will be used on Palmares’ three nine-hole linked golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, set in the natural amphitheatre of the Bay of Lagos and sweeping down to the Atlantic Ocean.

Having originally opened in 1975, the course was redesigned in 2011, shortly after the site was granted permission to develop real estate. Palmares was sold to a joint venture between Kronos Homes, one of the most prestigious residential developers in the sector, and an international investment fund in 2017, resulting in the multi-million euro development currently under way.

Kevin Hart, Sales Director Golf for Club Car EMEA, said: “Palmares is a stunning resort and the recent investment and developments have elevated its reputation even higher as one of the premium golf destinations in Portugal.

 

“We are delighted that Club Car is playing a role in Palmares’ new look, and we greatly value the endorsement of the quality and reliability of our vehicles.”

 

For more information about Palmares Ocean Living & Golf, visit http://palmaresliving.com

 

For more information about Club Car, visit http://www.clubcar.com

 

BIGGA unveils brand new outdoor festival for sports and turf industry

The British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association has unveiled a brand new outdoor festival and exhibition, taking place in June 2021.

The event, called the Festival of Turf, will bring together the greenkeeping and turf management industry for two days of innovation, exhibition and entertainment.

Taking place in the COVID-secure setting of the Warwickshire Event Centre on 8 & 9 June 2021, the Festival of Turf will feature two full exhibition days with a wide range of trade stalls and opportunities to interact with vendors and meet face-to-face with industry peers for the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

The Warwickshire Event Centre is located on the outskirts of Leamington Spa, close to Coventry. Centrally-located, the venue enjoys easy access to all transport networks, along with 2,000 free parking spaces. 

The Warwickshire Event Centre can accommodate up to 200 exhibitors and is capable of welcoming 3,000 visitors a day through its doors. Set in a 30-acre site with both indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, the venue provides countless opportunities to make the Festival of Turf an innovative and exciting new event for the greenkeeping and amenity turf management industry. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic BIGGA has been in regular conversation with regulators, golf’s governing bodies and central government and there is widespread confidence that a successful event can take place in June 2021. Importantly, there is also a keen desire among commercial partners and industry professionals to provide an event that enables the industry to move forward and begin the process of rebuilding so many key relationships that have been eroded through the distance imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

BTME, BIGGA’s annual trade exhibition that was due to be held in January 2021, has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the Association remains proud that the event’s spiritual home, the Harrogate Convention Centre, continues to be utilised as an NHS Nightingale Hospital.

 

BIGGA’s world-renowned education programme, Continue to Learn, has moved to an entirely-online format and will be held across two weeks during January 2021. More information can be found on the BIGGA website.

BIGGA CEO Jim Croxton said: “I’m excited that BIGGA is finally able to launch the Festival of Turf to the industry and bring some much-needed hope for a brighter future. The Festival of Turf is a hugely welcome opportunity to reunite our industry, which will have been forcibly separated by the global pandemic for nearly 18 months by the time this event takes place. 

 

“The industry has survived brilliantly despite all the challenges it has faced, due in no small part to the resilience and adaptability of BIGGA members and the network of commercial partners and who have supported us all throughout the pandemic. There has been a clear groundswell of opinion that members, other turf professionals and commercial supporters want the opportunity to celebrate our achievements and put this whole terrible ordeal behind us – and that’s where the Festival of Turf comes in. The event will be an opportunity to reconnect at a time when personal connections have never been more vital.”

 

For more information about the Festival of Turf, head to the BIGGA website, www.bigga.co.uk 

 

Lister Wilder become sole importer and supplier for Salsco Rollers

Lister Wilder is pleased to announce that they will be the sole importer and supplier for Salsco greens rollers from January 2021. Both family-run companies showcase a reputable history for quality and service, this has resulted in a positive partnership that will further strengthen both brands within the UK Golf Machinery market. 

Salsco was first established in 1979 supplying a varied portfolio of products including Golf Course and Turf Equipment. All machines are designed and manufactured at their facility in Cheshire, Connecticut, USA. All phases of manufacturing are handled in-house and the products are distributed worldwide: they currently have over 200 dealers and sales representatives globally.

The Salsco greens rollers already come with high-praise from existing Golf Course Managers who have stated that their greens rolling time had been cut by nearly a third with the product. As well as time-saving being a key benefit the presentation and playability of the green is said to have been improved dramatically. With an impressive list of prestigious Golf Clubs such as The Wisley, Royal Cinque Ports, Worpleston and Parkstone currently using the rollers, there is a clear and encouraging customer base to build upon. 

Lister Wilder has grown relationships with Golf clients for over 25 years and this addition will strengthen their offering. Their current strapline #SaleswithService transfers across all areas of the Lister Wilder portfolio with this addition being no different. Ensuring a prosperous business going forward, Lister Wilder will also be supplying spare parts and after-sales services for existing machines in the UK. 

The HP11-lll models being the most popular, the company will firstly concentrate on stocking these to ensure efficient supply. Other models of the green’s rollers will be available for customers to specially order. 

Lister Wilder will also be looking at sub-dealer opportunities for the right business, interested parties should contact Phill Hughes for more information. 

 

Phill Hughes, Sales Director

Tel: 07500 844259

Email: phill.hughes@listerwilder.co.uk