Open Championship Venue Plumps for Toro

Members of the ground care team at Royal St George’s Golf Club.

London, England: Royal St George’s Golf Club has trusted in Toro since 2013. First came a fleet deal and then last year a new irrigation system was installed making it a Toro Total Solutions customer in time for the club to host the Open Championship for the 15th time.

The club says its decision to opt for Toro machinery for another five years was in large part down to its technological advances and product development. 

In 2013 it was the latest in green technology in the shape of four TriFlex Hybrid 3420 riding greensmowers with electric reel cutting units which particularly appealed to course manager Paul Larsen. This time he says it’s seven Greensmaster Flex 2120 walk-behind mowers.

“All the machines we chose last time have been so effective we’ve pretty much gone for the same again for our second five-year agreement,” said Larsen. “In the demos, the Toro machines just did a better job on the course than everything else, and since we’ve had them they’ve proved their quality. Five years later, the machinery from our first fleet is still as good as we wanted it to be. 

“However, I’m always on the hunt for new technology, so we added in the Greensmaster Flex 2120 walk-behind mower to this deal. The results from which have particularly impressed me.”

It was this faith in the brand, combined with the ‘brilliant service we’ve had from Reesink Turfcare’ and a successful demo that resulted in the installation of a Lynx central control system and over a thousand Toro sprinklers last year.

Such is the relationship with Toro and Reesink that during The Open this year Reesink will be loaning the club more machines to keep up with the maintenance a tournament demands.

“We’ll start really gearing things up a couple of weeks before the tournament and then be out cutting every day during the event. Having the extra Toro machines on loan will be a huge help and is another step further strengthening our relationship with Toro and Reesink,” said Larsen.

Toro is an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation. 

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