Newslines Summer 2019

news lines . summer 2019 . 03 At the pinnacle of St George’s Hill Golf Club sits its iconic clubhouse, casting an eye over its three nine-hole courses widely regarded as Harry Colt’s crowning glory, and now in the hands of Toro to uphold. St George’s Hill Golf Club signs first five-year agreement plan Set within an exclusive private estate in Surrey, the club was in need of a new fleet of turfcare machinery to maintain the high standards of the course, and it was a complete Toro package that proved to hit the mark with the club signing its first ever five-year agreement plan with Toro and Reesink. The historic club is currently ranked 63 in the world by Golf Digest Magazine and provides one of the most exclusive golfing experiences. With so much history and expectation, course manager Chris Godsen says the pressure to provide the very best is always on. “Every day here is a big day,” he explains. “Everyone who comes to play is looking for the best and wanting an experience like no other, so we have to work to provide that every day, no exceptions.” With the club boasting 500 members and the estate home to 420 houses, having a comprehensive and efficient fleet is vitally important. “The fleet here was already about 90 percent Toro,” Chris says, “but we wanted to invest in new machines, so we’d be up to date with the latest tech and innovation. “We looked at other brands, but there would always be one or two unreliable machines that let the package down. With Toro, there isn’t one piece of kit I can see doing that.” Club secretary Gary Peddie agrees: “The decision to choose Toro was a relatively easy one. They are recognised in the industry as a leading manufacturer of golf course machinery. That position sits very well alongside St George’s Hill Golf Club, as we look to deliver the best in golf course conditioning.” With the package deal comprising near 30 pieces, including three Greensmaster 3250-D mowers, three Reelmaster 3555- D mowers, two Groundsmaster 4300-D mowers, four Workman HDX-D utility vehicles and a ProPass 200 top dresser to name a few, Chris is excited to put the new comprehensive fleet to work. “I’m confident this agreement is just the start of an ongoing partnership,” says Chris. “The service from Reesink has always been great and now with a full fleet of Toro equipment, I have total peace of mind that the course is in good hands.” Cover Course manager Chris Godsen on one of the club’s new GM4300-D mowers. 01 It was Toro’s “tech and innovation” that appealed to course manager Chris Godsen. 02 A couple of the club’s new 30-strong fleet. 03 Chris Godsen, left, with Reesink’s Mike Taylor. 03 02