Newslines Summer 2017

News in brief... September sees the finals of the 2017 Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award at BIGGA’s HQ in Aldwark and it’s set to be a closely run contest. With word out about the Young category, which debuted to great success in 2016 , entries were notably up. Plus entries came from an even wider spread of colleges across the country. One of the industry’s biggest exhibitors at SALTEX and BTME , show preparation starts early for Reesink Turfcare who is taking Toro turf machinery and irrigation , Otterbine lake and pond aerators and TYM tractors to both shows. TYM tractors will also be at LAMMA in January. Five new members have joined Reesink’s East Anglia service branch. The appointments further strengthen the philosophy of the brand to provide knowledge and expert advice while also giving customers direct access to maintenance, servicing and operator and parts support in the east of England. EVERYTHING TO PLAY FOR IT’S SHOW TIME FIVE STAR BRANCH EXPANSION 100% Toro for 125th anniversary Machinery replacement deal for Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club In 2005 Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club , one of London’s top private members club in Richmond-on- Thames, completed an all-in machinery purchase with Toro, making the club’s shed 100 percent Toro red for the first time. 2017 marks the club’s 125th anniversary and coinciding with that the club board was presented with a proposal to purchase 18 new turfcare machines by course manager, Gavin Kinsella, which they unanimously decided to action. Gavin, who has been at Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club for ten years and heads up a team of 16 greenkeepers who maintain the club’s two 18-hole courses, says: “We have an extensive fleet and place huge demands on each machine, so it’s important to have a regular replacement programme. We replace the machines based on their hours of work and general condition. It so happened that the purchase coincided with our 125th anniversary year, which brings with it a packed calendar with celebratory events planned for every month of the year, and in many cases multiple competitions in a month.” The initial reasons Royal Mid-Surrey opted for Toro in 2005 was for ease of use and machine speed over the ground, and it appears its performance has been nothing but exemplary. With two 18-hole courses to tend, each offering two very different tests of golf, Gavin needs to know he can rely on the machines to give a true cut. Read Newslines online at Designed and produced by He says: “We have 18 USGA spec greens on the JH Taylor Course and a reputation as one of the best golfing experiences in London to uphold. Both the JH Taylor and Pam Barton courses offer fast true greens and that has been the case since the club opened in 1892. With so many years of golfing history to maintain it’s essential we can rely on the kit to get the job done.” When a course is specifically created with ‘humps and hollows’ for distinctive character as Royal Mid-Surrey was by JH Taylor and greenkeeper at the time Peter Lees, it requires a talented course manager, a skilled greenkeeping team and a reliable fleet to ensure that character is presented as intended 125 years later. It’s thanks to Gavin, his team and Toro that this is the case. 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: FIRST YEAR SUCCESS Reesink Turfcare is marking 12 months as Toro distributor. Managing director, David Cole, reports healthy sales, good market and revenue performance and excellent client retention: “The business has been steered down a new path and customer reaction has been extremely favourable.” Tribute was paid to staff for the way they embraced change and made things work smoothly for the new company and customers, headed by achieving the first phase of a necessary operating system changeover in only four months, instead of the expected 18 months. Investment in the business came with the opening of a new Scotland service branch and significant investment was made in the company’s IT infrastructure. The icing on the cake was, says David: “When The Toro Company and St Andrews Links signed a long-term partnership agreement under our new watch. It spoke volumes about the trust and commitment the ‘home of golf’ had in Reesink’s supply structure and the service and support we offer.” Reesink Turfcare UK Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. With so many years of golfing history to maintain it’s essential we can rely on the kit to get the job done. Gavin Kinsella Course manager, Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club