Plain Sailing with Toro for Coastal Club

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As a prestige club with a proud history of hosting international tournaments, Nairn Golf Club, situated in the Highlands of Scotland, has yet again renewed its lease agreement with Toro, taking its fleet of machines to 22. 

Nestled on the shore of the Moray Firth, the club is well versed in maintaining immaculate playing surfaces and requires an extensive fleet of mowers to support the work of its 14-strong greenkeeping team. 

As well as having various pieces of Toro grass cutting machinery to maintain different cutting heights around the two courses, the fleet contains Workman MDX utility vehicles, sprayers, turf-irons and ProCore 648 aerators. Nairn is also one of the first Scottish clubs to take delivery of Toro’s Greensmaster eTriflex 3370 riding greens mower, the industry’s first and all-electric ride-on mower. 

Course manager, Richie Ewan, comments: “The performance and quality of the Toro mowers is second to none, but we are especially impressed with the electric ride-on. The cut is tremendous; as good if not better than a cut with a pedestrian mower. Plus making that step towards electric is a big environmental statement by the club. 

“The machines are in daily use over both courses – our 18-hole Championship Course and the 9-hole Cameron Course – and both must be in pristine condition at all times. We have our own micro-climate in the Moray Firth, but the extreme challenges of the weather are definitely increasing and we know the Toro machinery is very reliable and user-friendly, making them a dream for our team to work with.

“Last year, 34,000 rounds of golf were played over our Championship Course despite intermittent lockdowns, and 39,000 rounds were played in 2019. We are busy with member and visitor play and we need a suite of machinery we can trust.”

As well as having hosted a raft of prestigious tournaments including the Walker Cup and the Curtis Cup, Nairn Golf Club has just played host to The British Amateur Championship for the second time, the first being in 1994. The Greensmaster eTriflex 3370 mowers were in operation during the tournament, a first for this prestigious event and successful in producing the highest quality of cut. 

During and in preparation for these events the club relies on the Toro equipment more than ever, as Richie explains: “We depend on quality machines to prepare and present the playing surfaces to the highest standard and it’s important that our members and visitors see the fleet in action to understand our commitment to high standards. 

“Golf is most definitely growing in popularity after the experiences of the pandemic, with more people keen to take up outdoor pursuits. Plus flexible working hours has provided an opportunity to squeeze a game of golf into your working day. There was a time when courses were quiet over winter but now there is demand for playable surfaces all year-round, whatever the weather. It’s booming and our Toro fleet continues to grow with us.”

As part of the agreement, Nairn Golf Club is supported with back-up care from Reesink Turfcare’s Scotland branch. 

Speaking of the relationship, Richie concludes: “With Toro you always have confidence that there’s nothing that can’t be resolved. You’re never on your own with the product and the back-up care and tournament support over many years has been excellent. We have been using Toro since the early 90s and we are delighted to have signed yet another renewal agreement.”