GKB SP100 improves accuracy and efficiency of topdressing for Longniddry Golf Club

Louise Challissin Golf

The Course Manager at Longniddry Golf Club in East Lothian has praised the versatility delivered by their new GKB SP100 topdresser, following its delivery in September 2022. Replacing an older, heavier unit that was difficult to manoeuvre around the 18-hole links/parkland hybrid course, the SP100 mounts onto their existing ProGator for fast, accurate and efficient dressing of the greens, tees and approaches.

David Drummond joined as Longniddry Course Manager in May 2022, and after a quick assessment of the machinery in the shed, the GKB Sandspreader was one of the first investments to support him and his team of five. "Our previous topdresser was showing signs of age and as a bigger unit that needed a heavy tractor, it wasn't really suited to our current requirements. With this is mind, I spoke to local dealer Thomas Sherriff & Co about a vehicle-mounted unit" explains David. "Because we only have one utility vehicle, whatever we went for needed to be easily demountable and while I'd not had first-hand experience of the GKB machine before, we looked at it and were instantly impressed."

"It's a great set-up, very robust and the controls are all nice and simple. One particular feature we really like is the ability to adjust the distance of the spinning discs on the SP100 which gives us more control over the amount of dressing we apply."

Offering a range of adjustable parameters, the SP100 is the smallest unit in the GKB Sandspreader range but doesn't compromise when it comes to capacity - offering a 1m3 hopper which David says has significantly improved the efficiency of the operation. "The hopper is really easy to load using our compact tractor and can hold a good amount of material which results in fewer re-loads, saving all-important labour time."

David continues, "The SP100 was out on the very first day it was delivered and has so far carried out operations on the greens, tees and approaches and moving forwards it'll be critical to our ongoing maintenance programme." He explains that the SP100 will be in use for spring renovations in February and following this it'll be out at least once a month until October - possibly even conducting some work on the fairways.

"We've been really pleased with both the machine and the service and support we've received from Sherriff's throughout and after the purchase process. The team and I now look forward to putting it through its paces in the very busy season ahead."