A Hertfordshire golf club having had 14 years of success with an existing Wiedenmann Terra Spike XF has replaced it with a newer version.
Craig Betts, Course Manager of Aldwickbury Park GC, Harpenden, said he had no hesitation in making a repeat selection: "Our original machine never let us down. Knowing the machine could deliver all we wanted made it a straight forward update."
"Aside from additional tines, we've only needed to replace the bearings on the rollers. Running costs matter so I know first-hand we've had versatility and value. Mark House at our dealer Ernest Doe in Benington sorted the switch, so here's to another 14 years."
Changes to the XF in the interim include hydraulic depth control giving infinite depth adjustment from the cab as well as a two piece heave bar system bringing additional shock absorbers.
With vistas across the Lea Valley, Aldwickbury Park's two busy courses - the 18 hole 'Manor' and the par 3 'Park' - both open 365 days a year. Craig Betts and his team don't leave aeration to chance. Slots to deep tine all tees, greens and approaches are timetabled to cause least disruption.
"We start early and keep our heads down. We know the XF to be quick and that's what we need. This past month we've gone to 275 mm deep but we vary it according to the time and conditions."
Aldwickbury Park shares its Terra Spike XF with fellow Burhill Golf & Leisure Group club, Redbourn GC, also in Harpenden.