Carnoustie chooses Kubota Grand L30 series tractors
Three new Kubota Grand L30 series tractors have joined the fleet of machines helping to look after the three 18-hole courses at the world-famous Carnoustie Golf Links, host to six British Open Championships and the venue for the 2007 Open.
Selected by Links Superintendent, John Philp, the tractors were supplied to Carnoustie by local appointed Kubota dealer, Allan Gammie Groundcare, Station Yard, Forfar, Angus. The models chosen were two 39hp L3830s and a 52hp L5030, all equipped with fully-synchronised main and shuttle transmissions, the latter providing on-the-move shifting between eight forward and eight reverse gears.
A new addition to the Kubota range this year, the Grand L30 Series made its debut last January at BTME, Harrogate. Features on the new tractors which appealed to John Philp include a high power-to-weight ratio, quiet, fuel-efficient engines, a live independent power take-off, excellent rear linkage lift capacity and an integral flat-floor cab with air conditioning as standard.
"The Kubota tractors are already proving their considerable abilities on a wide range of jobs across our three courses - the Championship, the Burnside and the Buddon Links," commented John Philp. "In addition to assisting with daily transport and course maintenance routines, the larger L5030 will be used specifically for deep-tine aeration while the two Kubota L3830 tractors will be helping with general turf maintenance duties especially regular slit, solid and hollow tine aeration of all playing surfaces."
Carnoustie Golf Links' head engineer, Eric Watson, applauded the tractors' ability to carry out comfortably a range of demanding tasks in varying conditions without marking the turf. "From the maintenance viewpoint, the Grand L30 series offers fast, easy access to all routine check points. It's clear that Kubota has put a lot of thought into making them very user friendly."