Cape Town, South Africa: Campey Turf Care Systems has taken the GT Air2G2 Air Inject to South Africa to show how effectively it tackles problem greens.
Assisted by Campey’s newly appointed South African dealer Nanquip, based at Mossel Bay in the Eastern Cape, the Air 2G2 has been showcased at a number of demonstrations, the first of which was at Fancourt Links, George, one of South Africa’s premier golf courses.
Campey Turf Care Systems, along with Nanquip Product Specialist Marcel Sonnekus, used the Air2G2 Inject on the turf nursery, where they were able to aerate the ground deeper than had ever been done before. The visitors were able to see movement beneath the green as the air travelled through the profile.
David Harrison, Export Sales Manager at Campey Turf Care Systems, who has more than 30 years experience in the grounds care industry, was on hand to assist with the first series of demonstrations.
He explained how the demonstration was carried out and the benefits it had on the greens at the various locations.
He said: “On all the demonstrations we worked with nine-inch or 12-inch probes and we were able to go far deeper than the greens had ever been aerated before in every case.
“The benefits of relieving the compaction at lower levels are improved water percolation and helping to promote a deeper rooted grass sward. Pushing air through the root-zone from below improves gaseous exchange and has also been seen to combat surface algae.
“Over the following days, we travelled to a number of golf courses in and around Cape Town, repeating the demonstration programme and exposing the machine to greenkeepers and contractors, and in many cases, letting them use the machine themselves.”
Grounds professionals who attended demonstrations at Belleville Golf Club, Paarl Golf Club, Pearl Valley Golf Club, Somerset West Golf Club and Clovelly Golf Club all generally agreed on the biggest advantage of the Air-2G2.
Harrison said: “Apart from the obvious agronomic benefits of introducing air directly into the root-zone, it is possible to aerate the greens when they need it most, and not when it fits into a window in the golfing calendar.
“This is because there is little or no disturbance or disruption to play, it can basically be done at any time, and as often as needed.
“Following this first round of demonstrations, Nanquip took bookings for several return visits to golf courses around Cape Town, to contract for work on problem greens.”
Campey Turf Care Systems is a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
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