Newslines Spring 2019

The last tee BACK TO BASICS FOR TWO NEW COURSES OVERSEAS FOR AWARDS NOMINATORS RESPECTS FOR CLIVE Toro “head and shoulders above” at Celtic Manor The latest Toro fleet, which includes greens, tees, fairways and rough mowers as well as utility vehicles, for Celtic Manor marks a relationship spanning a quarter of a century. And the reason why is because Toro is “head and shoulders above the competition”, says director of golf courses and estates management, Jim McKenzie MBE, pictured. “We originally chose Toro in 1993 because it was the only machinery manufacturer that could deliver us a full fleet of machines, or the closest to it anyway. That sums Toro up, it has always led the way and been market innovators, and that’s why the relationship has lasted.” Machinery was replaced as and when, but in the main every three years from 1993 to 2008, when Jim decided it was time to agree to a five-year partnership agreement: “Toro and Lely, as Reesink was then, were our preferred suppliers for many years. And the timing was right to formalise the deal in 2008 with us hosting the Ryder Cup in 2010, to have the back up and support that being in such an agreement brings as we took on one of the world’s biggest sporting events. “Our Toro fleet is as complete as it’s possible to be. We have literally hundreds of bits of kit. And the reason for that is because Toro holds its value and ages well. Read Newslines online at Designed and produced by Toro is part of our image. They look good for many years, and as a result we tend not to sell on the older machines as we replace them. They continue working on estate developments and with the gardening team.” And at Celtic Manor there’s always something over and above the usual to be getting on with! Whether that’s the redevelopment of all the courses, preparation for The Open and the Ryder Cup, or coming up soon, assisting in the planting of thousands of trees around the £4.5 million International Convention Centre Wales which is currently under construction. As Jim says: “We had pretty much every bit of machinery involved in the redevelopment of the courses and the events, and the Workman in particular will be stepping up to the plate when it comes to the woodland management for the ICC. They’re so dinky and can get to all the places a tractor can’t.” But it’s not just the machinery that counts, Jim says the partnership with Reesink and local dealer Ted Hopkins, is just as important: “There’s always been a really good synergy between us, Ted Hopkins and Reesink/Lely. It just works and has done so for 25 years!” Get in touch For turfcare machinery, irrigation and water aeration products: Reesink Turfcare UK Limited 1-3 Station Road, St Neots Cambridgeshire PE19 1QH T: 01480 226800 E: W: TORO TRIPLE FOR BTME We were delighted to have three new Toro launches at BTME. Two on the machinery side and one for irrigation, with all reflecting what Toro does best – innovation. David Cole, managing director, says: “It’s a first to have three launches at one show, but this demonstrates our dedication to bringing our customers the very latest advancements in the industry.” The eTriFlex 3360 ride-on has green credentials and no more hydraulics, while the Greensmaster 1021 takes all that was revolutionary, popular and legacy-making about the 1000 pedestrian mower and makes operation smoother, cut more consistent and adjustment easier. David continues: “These machines launch in America at the GIS Show , so they really are the latest in terms of cutting- edge design and technology.” Visitors to BTME will have been given the first glimpse of Toro’s Lynx Smart two-wire system with its Lynx Smart Module and Smart Hub which provide the flexibility of a satellite controller with the cost savings of a two-wire system. Reesink Turfcare UK Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. This year’ s Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award winners were both nominated by their course managers. Steve Oultram from Wilmslow Golf Club nominated Daniel Ashelby, winner of the main award, and will enjoy a trip to the GIS Show in America as a result, while Jon McMullen from Lee Park will join Danny Patten, the Young Award winner, for part of his placement at Vidauban Golf Club in France. Clive Pinnock, Reesink’s training ambassador, pictured, who worked for Reesink for 34 years before retiring in Spring 2018, has passed away following a short battle with cancer. He’ll be remembered for achieving a level 4 LTA in 2016, one of the highest training accolades there is and growing and shaping the department into what it is today. Our sincerest condolences are with Clive’s family. Two new hands-on machinery mechanics courses are new to Reesink’s industry-leading training offering for 2019. Air-cooled Engines and Basic Electrics and Hydraulics have been added according to demand. Both courses offer a solid start for those who are new to the industry and a fantastic refresher course for those with a few more years under their belt.