Course Manager at Selby Golf Club, Chris Goodall, says the arrival of their new Charterhouse Verti-Drain® 7416 in November 2019 couldn't have come at a better time! The heathland course is very sandy meaning it is playable all year round and, in turn, makes it one of the busiest clubs in Yorkshire. This level of traffic has seen the Verti-Drain® in high demand over the winter period, tackling compaction on some of the high footfall areas.
"We previously had two separate aerators - one of which was proving too heavy for our ageing tractors, and the other was smaller so only really suitable for work on the greens" explains Chris, who has been at the club for five years. "When the time came to replace them, we wanted a good all-rounder - capable of site wide aeration." Having been impressed with the Verti-Drain® at a previous club, Chris was keen to go down the Charterhouse road this time and spoke with local dealer F G Adamson and Sons.
"The size of the 7416 model was a perfect fit for our requirements and fleet of tractors. It's super easy to set up, quiet in operation and covers the ground at good speed. The timing of its delivery meant it was out straight away and every couple of weeks after that, relieving compaction on pathways, walkways and fairways which kept us free of any waterlogging over the very wet winter months."
Chris purchased his Verti-Drain® with solid tines, and additional hollow tines for year-round flexibility. "In a regular year, we would equip the Verti-Drain® with pencil tines to aerate the greens through the summer then as we head towards the back end of the year we'd then look at hollow coring and using bigger tines on the fairways and other areas."
The Verti-Drain® 7416 has a 1.6m working width and offers a 14" maximum working depth. The range of solid and hollow tine options, together with its weight, makes it a popular choice for golf courses; but it's robust nature also makes it ideal for penetration of hard and compacted soils on a range of sports surfaces.