When Neil Baker joined Little Aston Golf Club as course manager six months ago, the club - a Great Britain and Ireland top 100 course - was using all Toro machinery and Neil had no intention of changing that. So, with times being tough and seeking to get the best value from his machinery budget, he opted for Lely's new PREMA pre-owned Toro machinery scheme to enable him to buy the equipment he needed to maintain the course to the highest standards.
"Little Aston is one of England's best loved inland courses and was recently included in the Rolex list of the world's top 1000 golf courses. To achieve such high acclaim the standard of our course has to be exceptional," says Neil. "I won't use anything other than Toro machines, but times are tough and we all want the best quality for the best price.
"When I got my budget for machinery spend I called Jon Lewis at Lely and had a chat. Together we looked at the club's requirements and how we could get the best value out of what we had to play with. The decision was made accordingly and that was to buy PREMA machines."
It means that Little Aston Golf Club is the first in Britain to take advantage of PREMA, the new Lely scheme that gives customers the opportunity to buy quality, pre-owned Toro turf machinery (and TYM tractors) that's technically as good as new, but at affordable prices.
"I decided to go with a PREMA Toro Reelmaster 5410 and a Sand Pro 3040. When they were delivered to the club a couple of weeks ago they were in immaculate presentation. They'd been stripped back and re-done to the highest standard. We've been using the machines daily since then and the performance is just what I would expect from Toro and Lely. I would never consider any other brand of pre-owned machine. Because with Lely and Toro I know I've got the reassurance of a great guarantee of service, as well as a great machine."
Neil concludes: "British greenkeepers are the best in the world and we're also the busiest. Having the best product to work with is essential for efficient course management, and having the best quality for less money is the icing on the cake!"
The PREMA scheme enables clubs to buy Lely-certified Toro pre-owned equipment with complete peace of mind, as each product is backed by a 180 days' or 300 hours' conditional warranty. To qualify, every machine is given a comprehensive inspection by Lely's trained technicians, who thoroughly check everything from the engine, cooling system, hydraulics, electrical system, steering and brakes, to the chassis, fuel system, transmission and final drives, as well as wheels, tyres, cutting units, operator platform and controls.
For more details on the scheme, customers should call Lely on 01480 226800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PREMA pre-owned machinery purchase scheme is run by Lely (UK) Limited, 1 Station Road, St Neots PE19 1QH. Call 01480 226800, email email@example.com or visit www.toro.com/www.lely.com for further details. And in Ireland by Lely Ireland Limited, Kilboggin, Nurney, Co. Kildare. Call 00 353 (0)45 526170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.