The first of many GKB machines for Drayton Park Golf Club

Alicia Thompsonin Machinery & Mechanics

Drayton Park Golf Club a course for all abilities designed and set out by James Braid, a five-time winner of the British Open Golf Championship, has recently added the GKB Sandspreader to maintain their picturesque grounds. With impeccable standards and a policy of continuous improvement, the GKB Sandspreader was the obvious choice for course manager Dale Housden.

Having heard about the reliable and robust SP100 from a fellow course manager and after multiple recommendations, Dale knew he had to get his hands on one. With multiple reasons for sand filling and top dressing, the GKB Sandspreader can distribute a wide variety of materials in desired quantities all with hassle-free application. Using his machine for top dressing turf surfaces, Dale explains, "In 2001 our greens were re-laid to USGA standards and with continued improvements its essential we have a fleet of machines to keep the grounds in standard. The SP100 was the perfect addition."

Ranging from 1m3 to 4m3, there are several hopper capacity options in four different designs. The shape and design of the sand hoppers ensure efficient operation and a clear view along the machine. Dale adds, "Even with a slightly larger hopper capacity, the weight distribution is seriously impressive." The GKB Sandspreader can also be delivered with four pivoting balloon tires for the perfect distribution of the weight on the grounds.

Removing the necessity of complicated and intricate use, the GKB Sandspreader offers effortless and simple control. "A top dresser is generally a simple machine to use, yet I have used a variety of brands before this GKB machine that seem to complicate controls. The GKB Sandspreader is simplistic yet effective," praises Dale.

Impressed with GKB Machines for their fantastic customer service, Dale continues "Being a new customer to GKB I am thoroughly impressed with the sales, installation support and aftercare thus far." With a team of nearly 200 people in Holland looking after sports fields and landscaping maintenance, GKB pulls experience directly from the field when developing machines. Dale resumes, "The fact that GKB design from hands-on experience with the end-users as their priority is thoroughly refreshing."

Dale is excited to grow the relationship with GKB and is looking to purchase a GKB Sandfiller very soon.

For more on GKB Machines and their reliable and robust range of machinery for natural, hybrid and synthetic turf, please visit or contact Tom Shinkins on 07495 883617.