The recent delivery of a Verti-Drain 7416 from Redexim is proving key in the pre-winter preparations at Harrogate's Rudding Park Golf Course. According to Head Greenkeeper Richard Hollingworth there has barely been a day since the Verti-Drain arrived in August that it hasn't been out - the versatility of 1.6m machine making it ideal for work on all areas of the course including greens, fairways and surrounds.
As a corporate golf course and part of the Rudding Park resort, not only does the club have a very active membership, the surfaces have to be fit to sustain play 364 days of the year… which equates to somewhere in the region of 40,000 rounds annually! "Because of the volume of rounds, when it comes to aeration it is critical that we've got equipment that is not just fit-for-purpose on the greens. We need to be getting some holes into the clay-based fairways to deliver the perfect course on any given day" explains Richard, who heads-up a maintenance team of nine.
"We had the 7416 on demo last year from our local dealer F. G. Adamson & Son and used it on all 18 greens, and throughout that extensive trial period we could tell it was going to suit us and the various requirements of our course. It was light enough to aerate the greens with minimal surface disruption, yet strong enough to be effective on fairways and surrounds." The superior build quality of the Verti-Drain 7416 makes it ideal for the full-range of aeration tasks; a range of tine options delivering flexible and accurate aeration down to depths of 350mm.
"To date, we've aerated all of the greens surrounds and multiple weak fairways with ¾" tines, as we tackle compaction and dry patches ahead of the arrival of winter. We've also purchased ½" tines for the deep, pre-winter work on the greens and needle tines for the summer." Richard adds, "Spanning double the acreage of most regular courses, getting the job done well and quickly is so important. In my view, the Verti-Drain still leads the market in terms of ease-of use and performance, all backed-up with excellent support and service from Redexim and their dealer network."