Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s first five-star hotel and golf resort has partnered with Toro and distributor Turf Equipment Ltd for the supply of the entire range of machinery required to maintain the golf course to international standards.
Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa was officially opened by His Excellency, the President, Maithripala Sirisena on June 1.
The luxury resort spans 53 hectares, making it the largest resort in Sri Lanka and is home to an 18-hole golf course.
Overlooking the pristine southern coast of Sri Lanka, the Hambantota Resort is located along the ancient Spice Route.
The par-70 golf course development is set amidst a vast coconut palm plantation. The course development was approached from an eco-perspective by revitalising an abandoned sapphire mine, restoring vegetation, re-introducing birdlife and using salt-tolerant turf.
Shiran de Soysa, Managing Director of Toro distributor Turf Equipment, said: “The customer required the most up-to-date and highest quality equipment on the market, with efficiency and productivity backed up by prompt service.
“Turf Equipment and Toro are extremely pleased to have won the supply of machinery and we worked closely with Christo Pieterse, the Construction Manager of the Shangri-La Resort during the construction period. We are equally looking forward to working with the resort and their new superintendent for many years to come.”
The list of equipment supplied includes:
- 2 Toro Greensmaster 3250-D mowers
- 2 Toro Reelmaster 5510-D all-wheel drive mowers
- 5 Toro Greensmaster Flex 2120 walk power greens mowers
- Toro Groundsmaster 3500-D mower
- Toro Multi Pro 1750 sprayer
- Toro Workman MDX vehicle
- Toro Pro Force debris blower
- Toro ProCore 648 Aerator
- Toro Sand Pro 3040 bunker rake
The Mercedes Trophy 2016 was the first tournament played on the new course.
An Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation, Toro is the preferred equipment supplier for golf course operators in Sri Lanka, including Royal Colombo Golf Course, Victoria Golf and Country Resort, Nuwara Eliya Golf Course, Eagles Golf Course in Trincomalee and the nine-hole courses operated by the Sri Lankan Air Force, Navy and Army.