With its third Toro package deal, Brett Vale Golf Club has invested in both purchase and lease Toro machines due to their exceptional durability.
From left: head greenkeeper Tony Barker, club owner Chris Waters and Reesink's Julian Copping, in front of the club's Toro fleet
Newly appointed head greenkeeper Tony Barker has great things in mind for Brett Vale Golf Club in Suffolk, and after seeing the machinery already at the course in action it made sense to further invest in Toro to continue the good work, he says.
"I started nine months ago at the same time the last Toro fleet deal had come to an end," he says. "So my first big task was to look into the options available when it came to signing another machinery deal.
"I did look at the alternatives, but nothing could beat the way Toro worked on the terrain here. In fact, new machines from other brands didn't perform as well as the Toro machines we'd had for five years already! Our location means we have a lot of steep hills that take a lot of power to climb up and the machines from other brands didn't have the power to manage the steep terrain, whereas the old and new Toro machines did."
After Toro came out on top at the demonstration, it was clear to Tony the way forward was to expand the club's Toro fleet, achieved by purchasing a mix of the machines from its last deal as well as bringing in new additions.
"Toro machines are more durable than most competitor brands, without a doubt," he says. "So it made sense to purchase some of the machines already at the club which had been, and still are, doing great work. But I wanted to expand the fleet too, to help progress the club and course further and improve on the already high standards. Having a comprehensive Toro fleet is a fundamental part of this progression, and credit must go to the club owner Chris Waters whose investment has enabled us to make this progression."
And it's an impressive fleet that has been created, with a Reelmaster 6700-D, Groundsmaster 4700-D, three Greensmaster Flex 2120 pedestrian mowers, a Multi Pro WM Sprayer, a TYM T293 and more purchased at the end of the lease from the previous fleet, with a ProCore 648, two Greensmaster TriFlex Hybrid 3420s, a Groundsmaster 4500-D and a Workman HDX-D added to continue the good work.
"The Groundsmaster 4500-D that we purchased for the roughs is probably my new favourite," says Tony. "It's doing a great job already and really proving itself. In fact all the machines are. The playing surface has definitely improved already because of the quality of cut and the whole team is loving using Toro across the course."
Set within a vale designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, the 137 acre parkland course at Brett Vale makes for one of the most idyllic courses in Suffolk. With the club's relationship with Toro and Reesink Turfcare, its official UK distributor continuing, the course looks set to keep improving.
Tony concludes: "At the end of the day, Toro provides durable and high quality machines that give us real results, so why would I change that?"