Terra Spike XF sales take off
The latest at Wessex Golf Club
Sales of the Wiedenmann XF range of super fast deep aerators have really taken off since the launch in the Spring of this year; the latest being a new XF8 delivered to the West Essex Golf Club at Sewardstonebury, near Chingford.
A speculative visit to head greenkeeper Keith Ellis certainly paid dividends for Richard Freeman of local dealer Ernest Does & Sons, when he demonstrated the XF6 version with its 1.6 metre working width.
"We weren't in the market for a new aerator before we had the demo," said David Bartlett, assistant greenkeeper "However we were very impressed with the XF6, but wanted to see a machine with a bigger working width. Doe's returned with a 2.1 metre XF8 and it performed superbly well. In the interest of the members, it would have been irresponsible not to look at other machines, but nothing came close. Wiedenmann UK and Doe's staff were present at both demos and their professional advice was excellent, which continued through to the installation and subsequent operator training. We also called in a representative from the STRI to evaluate the performance and it passed with flying colours. To ensure that we would be able to obtain maximum benefit we then ordered a bigger tractor so that we had a power unit that could handle the aerator.
"We now have a single machine that can be used on all areas of the course; tees, surrounds, approaches, greens and fairways. The speed will enable us to aerate more frequently and also free up time for other tasks. Add to that its smooth operation and the ease of routine maintenance jobs and we have a versatile piece of equipment that will help us enhance the playing surface for members and visitors alike.
Situated on the edge of Epping Forest, the West Essex was founded in 1900 and the 6,289 yard course was designed by James Braid. At its highest point, off the 9th tee, there are panoramic views over the City of London.