BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (July 2, 2014) - Mardyke Valley Golf Club in South Ockendon, Essex, has bought a range of new turf mowers, and an aerator, to improve cutting and course presentation - choosing Toro equipment for the first time.
Course manager Dave Webster says the club opted for two Toro® Greensmaster® 3250-D riding greensmowers, a Reelmaster® 3100-D triplex and a Reelmaster® 5510-D lightweight fairway mower. Added to the mowers, the club has bought Toro's popular ProCore® 648 pedestrian aerator.
“We were used to our previous machinery, but Lely's Toro quote was favourable and to be honest no one else matched up to it,” says Dave. “Their professionalism and service was incredibly reassuring.
“We've got good drainage and irrigation here, and, despite the undulations of the course, it's fairly straightforward for me and my team of five greenkeepers to maintain.”
Dave continues: “We cut the fairways to 16mm twice a week, depending on the weather. The greens are cut at 4mm every day and the tees to 12mm every two to three days. The RM3100-D, which has Sidewinder cutting units is new technology here; in fact, this technology is exclusive to Toro and was another factor for us choosing it. The cutting units move left to right in unison, which gives a more precise cut on our bunkers. Against what we were using before, it's like comparing a Ford Fiesta with a Mercedes!
“What I'll say about the Greensmaster 3250-D and Reelmaster 5510,” concludes Dave, “is that both these machines work hard. The quality of cut is good and together with the Reelmaster 3100-D and ProCore 648 they have improved our playing surfaces, undulations and all. In fact, so much so that members and guests are coming forward to say the greens are running better and presentation has improved.”
About The Toro Company
The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative turf, landscape, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. With sales of more than $2 billion in fiscal 2013, Toro's global presence extends to more than 90 countries through strong relationships built on integrity and trust, constant innovation, and a commitment to helping customers enrich the beauty, productivity and sustainability of the land. Since 1914, the company has built a tradition of excellence around a number of strong brands to help customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties, and agricultural fields. More information is available at www.toro.com.