Inverness, Scotland: The first demonstration tour held in Scotland by Campey Turf Care Systems and distributor The Double A Trading Company proved a huge success generating new interest in many products, including the innovative Air2G2 and Imants Rotosweep.
Castle Stuart Links and Glasgow Academy were the respective hosts. Although two very different settings, each was equally valuable as a showcase of Campey products for golf turf maintenance and sports pitch renovation and management.
More than 50 groundsmen, course managers and contractors turned up at both events.
Richard Heywood, Campey product specialist for the area, said: “The level of interest in new machinery is heartening. Campeys is known for introducing innovative techniques and machinery. At our events we always get asked: ‘What’s the next machine going to do?’ Everyone is keen to see if it’ll dig, inject air, inject water, scarify, collect, aerate. There’s something fresh for everyone.”
Chris Haspell, Course Manager at Castle Stuart Links, said: “We are in a fortunate position of being closed over the winter months, so this was an ideal opportunity for my staff and neighbouring greenkeepers from clubs to see the latest kit on offer.”
Assistant Head Greenkeeper Graeme Mellis from Muir of Ord Golf Club, said: “There were a number of machines such as the Imants SandCat and RotoSweep that we hadn’t seen in action before. The Air2G2 was particularly impressive in the way it left no surface disturbance.”
Derek Roy, Head Greenkeeper at Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, and Deputy Head Richard Johnstone said: “We had been told about a couple of the new machines, particularly the Air2G2 and the SandCat, so it was great to see them working in similar conditions to our own course. We can see why they have been creating a stir now.”
Robert Cheape, Head Groundsman at Glasgow Academy, provided the facilities for the second demo day.
Managing Director Richard Campey attended both events. “What is so gratifying is talking to so many informed professionals. The thirst for knowledge in our industry is very high and this is our way of showing the equipment to its full potential.”
Campey Turf Care Systems is a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.