When it comes to golf course machinery, time is money, and as such efficient machines are fast becoming a must have for golf courses across the country. Which is exactly the reason Cotswold Hills opted for the Groundsmaster 5900-D in its first Toro fleet deal.
"We have a team of six here to maintain a 157 acre course," explains course manager Wayne Vincent. "Plus, with the course draining naturally because of its position on Limestone rock it's playable year-round, which means there's no let up on maintenance. That's why it's so important to have efficient machines that get the job done quickly to a high standard."
The 18-hole, 6,800-yard course at Cotswold Hills is situated at the top a hill 850 feet above sea level. With the club's impressive views and stunning tree-lined course, it's attracted a membership of near 1000, with member expectations for the course as high as they are above sea level.
With that in mind, updating the club's machinery fleet after years of replacing one machine at a time was of the utmost importance. And it's the Groundsmaster 5900-D, capable of mowing 17 acres an hour, that heads up the new fleet of efficient Toro machinery.
"We have a lot of rough to cover on the course and previously we were spending three days each week cutting it," says Wayne. "It was obvious we needed a larger machine to get the job done quicker. Although our fleet was already predominantly Toro and had served us well, we looked into other brands for due diligence. But there wasn't another brand that had the size of machine we wanted available - no one could match the offering that Toro provided not only when it came to the spec of the GM5900-D, but the fleet too."
"The GM5900-D has cut our rough cutting time in half already," Wayne says. "With the increase in cutting width and speed, alongside its excellent contour following, we can now get the whole course done in a day and a half and the finish of cut is brilliant."
Joined by a new Reelmaster 3100-D Sidewinder, RM3575-D and a Greensmaster Flex 2120 pedestrian mower, the new Toro fleet has certainly made an impression.
"From experience I know that Toro machines are incredibly durable, which is why we've had a fleet of purchased Toro machines for so long. But having these four new machines with the latest upgrades and technological advancements has made a vast difference already."
"The Greensmaster Flex 2120 follows contours really well and is helping us extend the collar cut into the aprons and run offs and the Reelmaster 3100-D Sidewinder is giving us a better, cleaner cut, particularly in wet conditions."
And going forward, this first lease deal with Toro is just the beginning of a longer term investment in the club's machinery to help improve the course.
"Continuing an agreement plan with Toro will mean that we can consistently bring to the course the newest technology and upgrades, while simultaneously reducing machinery downtime. We've already seen the team's productivity increase after only having these new machines for a few months, so it's definitely proven to be the right move for the club" concludes Wayne.