Newslines Spring 2018

Toro delivers firm fast greens at Knole Park News in brief... 2018 dates for Reesink Turfcare’s industry-leading courses have been announced. For the first time the guide is accessible online only. There you’ll find nine courses to choose from, one of the biggest selections from a distributor. The 16-page Reesink Training Guide can be found at where bookings are taking place. For the first time, Reesink has two stands at BTME. Joining the Reesink stand in Hall M, which as usual will host Toro machinery and irrigation products and Otterbine, is stand C32 dedicated entirely to TYM tractors to accommodate the range as it expands. Headlining the stand is the T393 a nd a range of attachments to bring more versatility to your tractor. 2017 saw the Student and Young Student Greenkeeper of the Year Awards open nominations to include employers. Now, both college lecturers and clubs can nominate their finest candidates. Congratulations to Nick Machin, Royal Cinque Ports, and Angus Roberts, Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course, for winning the 2017 Student and Young Student Awards respectively. GET AHEAD IN 2018 ONE EXHIBITION TWO STANDS COLLEGES AND CLUBS NOMINATE Firm, true and fast greens is what we’re all after and the Toro TriFlex is helping us achieve this at Knole Park. Gavin Kyle, course manager Located within the boundaries of Knole Estates in 1000 acres of outstanding Kent parkland with 600 deer roaming freely around the estate is a club like no other. Knole Park is one of the most unique courses in the country; not only for the aforementioned reasons, but also for the fact that this one course plays home to two clubs. Course manager at the club, which is home to Knole Park Golf Club and Sevenoaks Town Golf Club, is Gavin Kyle who has been at the club for 15 years. Gavin keeps a regular annual machinery replacement programme and this year he had a focus on choosing the right machines to create firm, true, fast surfaces, which is where Toro joins the story. “I haven’t bought Toro since I’ve been at Knole Park, so for 15 years! But Toro is renowned for its greens machines in particular so were naturally included on the demo list. What appealed with the Greensmaster TriFlex 3420-H machines, which we went for, was that they’re hybrids. I sought to reduce the risk of hydraulic leaks on the greens and I wanted the advanced control these machines can offer.” But as Gavin goes on to say, it’s never just as simple as the machines: “A machine is often only as good as the backup that comes with it. We’re dealing direct with Reesink Turfcare for the first time and we’ve found that to be a great experience so far.” Get in touch For turfcare machinery, irrigation and water aeration products: Reesink Turfcare UK Limited 1-3 Station Road, St Neots Cambridgeshire PE19 1QH Tel: 01480 226800 Email: REESINK DONATION REGENERATES PITCH Reesink has donated a Toro synthetic turf conditioner t o Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon to help maintain the pitch and stop the turf of the extensive sporting facilities, which are open to the public in the evenings, from becoming flat. Leisure centre manager Steve Fidler says: “On a 3G artificial pitch, strands need to stand upright to emulate the look and texture of grass. The blades are supported by an infill of rubber crumb that becomes compacted over time. The turf conditioner works against this as it’s dragged across the crumb to regenerate its fibres and prevent compaction.” The donation enables the school to perform this maintenance every month and, according to Steve, the pitch is “reaping the benefits and is now at its very best.” Reesink Turfcare’s managing director, David Cole says: “We’re delighted to have been able to donate the conditioner, and hope it is a great asset in managing these important facilities for the local community.” 01 Gavin Kyle, course manager, right, and Reesink's Richard Wood Read Newslines online at Designed and produced by Reesink Turfcare UK Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.