Snake seen at Dartmouth Golf Club

Caroline Shawin Golf

Dartmouth Golf Club
A stone's throw from the Devon coastline and a few miles down from Dartmoor National Park, Dartmouth Golf Club has a stunning location. There are two courses here: a par 33, 9-hole club course and a par 72, 18-hole championship route. Most of the grounds - 225 acres in all - feel they've like been carved from the hillside. Indeed, you'd be hard pushed to find any flat, making it one of the most challenging and charming golf venues around.

Terry Farkin, Head Greenkeeper, has to choose his mowers wisely: "Not many machines can cope well with such undulating terrain. We have some pretty sharp mounds in the semi-rough and our mower needs to articulate really well otherwise you'll get bad patches. We found the Trimax Snake was the only machine which gave us the cut quality we'd be happy to present to our members."

Terry's previous machine didn't quite cut the mustard so back in spring he decided to give the Trimax Snake a week's trial. "It feels nicely balanced with the tractor and stays in position on every slope because it's a decent weight and has a solid build. That's a safety issue as well on slopes like these."

Having used the Snake throughout the summer season, Terry and his team couldn't be happier with it. "We don't adjust the height very often but when we do it's easy and it feels like good quality machinery. With our previous articulated machines we've had to strip it down every year, look after it and basically keep it going. Even then we only got 6-7 years out of it before the cut started to deteriorate. The Snake feels like it will give us at least 10 years of top quality finishes."

Chudleigh-based agricultural turf machinery dealer Masons Kings arranged for the Dartmouth team to trial the Snake. Sales professional Lee Kirk says: "They're getting along very well with the Snake. It follows the ground superbly and has considerably less maintenance points than their previous machine. Their top priority at Dartmouth is the quality of the cut and the Snake definitely gives them that."