Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club in Suffolk has opted for Toro again as it scales up its fairway aeration programme. The Toro ProCore SR72 has been purchased through UK distributor Reesink Turfcare alongside a TYM T603 tractor to pull it.
The SR72 aerator joins the smaller Toro ProCore SR48, as course
manager Glenn Rayfield explains: "We were already operating a SR48
aerator on smaller areas of approaches and fairways. After hosting
the Ladies National County Finals, we decided to embark on a
fairway aeration programme to keep the standard of the course up,
and the SR72 is ideal for that."
With a working width of 72 inches, the SR72 is a good choice for large scale aeration. This tough machine is able to puncture up to 40cm of the most compacted soil, while being light enough to work on greens and fairways. Depth control is made while the machine is in operation by using the hydraulic top link from the tractor. This one-of-a-kind feature means the operator can apply the ideal tine position for every soil type and condition without leaving the tractor's seat.
Purchased to tow the SR72 is the 60hp T603 tractor, which
enables the club to scale up its tractor tasks, bringing the power
to do all the jobs the club previously couldn't. Glenn explains:
"We chose the T603 because it can handle large volume equipment and
the club didn't have another tractor like it.
"Aeration is just one of many tasks it will be performing around the club. With it we can also tow flail mowers, hedge trimmers and larger trailers for construction. Plus it is installed with a front bucket which is used for loading and moving tasks."
Both machines are a hit with Felixstowe's greenkeeping team: "The guys were fully onboard with the choices as they played a large part in the selection process. After trying a range of machines, their feedback cemented the order," Glenn says.
Another factor in the decision was Glenn's previous experience with Toro and Reesink, having most recently purchased two Toro Triflex 3400 mowers in 2016: "Reesink distributes reliable equipment and is all about customer service. The two Toro mowers we purchased from them in 2016 are superb and they provide cut perfection!"
He continues: "Whenever I've had a query, Reesink has been on the case straightway. Over the years I've secured a friendship with our local representative Julian Copping, who provides good service, knowledge and can't help enough."
It all means exciting times are ahead for one of the oldest and finest links courses in the country, as the addition of the Toro ProCore SR72 and TYM T603 allows all sorts of new tasks for the greenstaff to keep the course in excellent condition.