The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course, one of Scotland's finest country house hotels and renowned as the 'Gateway to Scottish Golf' has recently re-signed an exclusive turf maintenance equipment agreement with Ransomes Jacobsen and their local dealer, Fairways GM. Ransomes Jacobsen, based in Ipswich, Suffolk and one of the leading manufacturers of golf course maintenance equipment, is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
The equipment, which has been acquired on a three-year rolling contract with service plan, includes three ride-on greens mowers, two light fairway mowers, a trim and surrounds mower, a wide area rotary mower for the semi-rough, a ride-on bunker rake and a utility vehicle.
Course Manager Craig Pollock has a team of six full-time greenkeeping staff with a further five employed on a seasonal basis. He has been at Roxburghe now for 18 months, having previously been employed at Anstruther and St Andrews Links Trust in Fife, Cleveland and The Wynyard in the northeast of England and The Glen Golf Club in East Lothian.
Commenting on the new equipment said, "Although we have renewed this tripartite agreement with Ransomes Jacobsen and Fairways, we ensured that we looked at all the equipment out there to ensure that we got best value for the business. Factors that affected our decision-making were the excellent levels service of that we always get from Fairways; it's of the highest order and coupled with the quality and reliability of the equipment, we saw no reason to change.
"On a personal level, I feel that the Jacobsen G-Plex III is one of the best greens mowers around; we've got greens and tees cutting units with these three, which gives us flexibility when managing these areas of the course."
The 500 acre hotel and golf course complex, designed by one of the world's renowned golf course architects Dave Thomas, is owned by The Duke of Roxburghe and set in mature woodland and rolling parkland by the river Teviot near Kelso.
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