Gleneagles has bought its first TYM tractor, a T503 model, which was employed to work alongside its fleet of Toro machines as part of preparations for the 2014 Ryder Cup.
The Gleneagles Hotel has been an exclusive Toro and Lely customer for 10 years and course manager Scott Fenwick says this was instrumental in his decision to choose TYM, for which Lely is also the distributor.
He says: "We have a Toro Exclusive Supplier Agreement here at Gleneagles and have done business successfully with Lely and Toro for the last decade. So we knew the tractor we chose would have to work well with our Toro turf machines. The T503 was used across all three of our championship courses, helping with aeration work pulling a ProCore 1298 as well as brushing and spraying. To get the best results, our machinery and tractors need to work perfectly together and they do."
TYM models range from 23hp to 100hp to cater to a variety of needs, but Lely says the 40hp and 50hp tractors are particularly suited to the turf sector. At 50hp, and benefitting from a reliable and powerful four-cylinder diesel engine that maximises fuel efficiency, the T503 tractor is a popular mid-duty model. It has a top speed of just over 20mph and is perfect for larger, multi-course golf venues like Gleneagles.
Lely's Trevor Chard says: "The T503 is a good choice for Gleneagles. It's a compact size but has a large horsepower so can be used for an array of jobs. Lely searched long and hard for a tractor range that fits with Toro and with TYM we have found that. It's great to see prestigious clubs such as Gleneagles not only investing in that relationship, but also using it for high-profile international events such as The Ryder Cup."