Spring 2024

40 years of working together

From the beginning, the two businesses’ visions and hopes for the industry have aligned and they have worked tirelessly demonstrating their long-term commitment to the development of the turfcare industry.

Toro irrigation

Hat-trick for Toro at Middlesbrough FC

Four pitches at Middlesbrough Football Club’s training ground at Rockliffe Park are seeing the results from improved accuracy, full coverage and the powerful control from a new Toro irrigation system.

According to Jack Cunningham, senior grounds supervisor, the growing-in process was the best it’s ever been. Management and players, including the first team, have nothing but good feedback and the problems caused by having a windy site have become a thing of the past.



    Five STAR buggies for a five-star experience

    Providing premier standards at practical prices is the name of the game at Rustington Golf Centre, and with a new fleet of five Sirius 2 Pro luxury golf buggies from STAR EV, it’s well on its way to achieving that goal.

    Rob Hill, manager at Rustington Golf Centre, a multi-purpose venue in Angmering that includes a nine-hole golf course, made the decision to purchase its new electric fleet through distributor Reesink e-Vehicles.

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    Saving in efficiencies for Barton

    A new Toro irrigation system is allowing Barton-on-Sea Golf Club to take control of Mother Nature and as a result it’s seeing huge savings in efficiencies.

    Situated on the coastal cliff on the south coast between Christchurch in Dorset and Lymington in Hampshire, Barton-on-Sea Golf Club is a true links course in a windy and exposed location, which means an efficient irrigation system is vital to help control the elements and safeguard the course against Mother Nature.


    Sustainable solutions for RHS Wisley

    RHS Garden Wisley has chosen Otterbine to provide its flagship garden with sustainable irrigation.

    Otterbine’s 25HP Polaris Giant Fountain was installed at RHS Garden Wisley in Woking as part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s project to create a new rainwater capture lake, providing great quality irrigation to one of the largest plant collections in the world.

    In today’s climate, water can be a scarcity and harvesting rainwater supports the conservation of this vital resource. The water has to be good enough quality to use though which is where Otterbine’s 25HP Giant Polaris fountain steps in.

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    Bunker work for Toro at Lewes

    East Sussex-based Lewes Golf Club has brought in a small but mighty fleet of Toro machinery to help with its winter development project, the first goal of which will be to recondition eight of the club’s 11 bunkers.

    When it comes to turfcare machinery, course manager Tim Brewster, knows he can rely on Toro’s extensive range of mowers and utility vehicles. He’s of the view that it’s important to work with the best when looking after a course steeped in history: the work never stops.


    Lake reopened thanks to Otterbine

    Otterbine’s Air Flo 3 underwater ‘bubbler’ diffused aeration system is the safe solution for Pinewood Scout Centre in Croydon, bringing its lake back to life and reopening it for water sports after a period of closure due to poor water quality.

    When Jim Clements, Site Manager and Scout Leader, took on Pinewood Scout Centre last year he made it his mission to reform the site’s grounds, and fixing the lake that hosts the centre’s watersport activities was the first step. With the water quality of the lake being key to keeping the scouts safe, the Otterbine Air Flo 3 aerator was the ideal choice to get the lake back into action.

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    Toro taking care of the roughs and the smooth at Bathgate

    Bathgate Golf Club in West Lothian has taken delivery of a new Toro Groundsmaster 4300 rotary mower for the roughs and a used-certified Toro Workman GTX electric machine from distributor Reesink to aid the smooth running of the course.

    The Toro Workman GTX machine brings electric power to the club in the most sustainable of ways having had a life before Bathgate at another club.

    Found through Reesink’s ReeOwn scheme, which sees clubs able to access the best used Toro machinery available in the UK, it has been through a multipoint check by trained technicians at Reesink Scotland and came with a comprehensive 12-month warranty.

    Insider knowledge

    Working out the costs is now easy

    In the last issue we covered the true cost of ownership of electric turfcare machinery and while there was a way to calculate the figures, it needed to be done manually.

    Now, thanks to Toro, there’s a way to compare operating expenses of alternative energy powered models in seconds.

    Analysing costs including recommended maintenance (labour and parts) as defined in respective service manuals in addition to estimated respective fuel/electric power consumption, gives an accurate idea of savings choosing a sustainable machine can bring.

    We ran a battery-powered ride-on and pedestrian mower and a hybrid ride-on through the cost calculator and have the results here.

    Dealer spotlight

    We talk to Russells Groundcare

    Russells Groundcare operates from three sites covering the four counties of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. It was appointed a Toro service centre in 2000 and given full dealer status for the Toro product range in 2005. Here Paul Russell, CEO and MarkWillerton, groundcare sales manager, bring their insights of the industry.

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    Valuable cost-savings at Toot Hill

    For the last decade, Toot Hill Golf Club has been a committed Toro user. Over that time, the cost of doing business has continued to rise in all kinds of industries; course manager, Tom Cook, has ensured that the kit at Toot Hill Golf Club has evolved to mitigate burdensome and fluctuating expenses by, most recently, acquiring a mix of hybrid and all-electric Toro mowers and utility vehicles.

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    Machine focus: Toro Workman MDX Lithium

    For decades, the Toro Workman line-up has set the standard for tough and hard-working utility vehicles. And the Workman MDX Lithium is no different. It delivers the same strength and durability you’ve always relied on with all the benefits of lithium-ion battery technology.

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    Product report

    Product test: Toro ProCore 648s

    A little ‘s’ adds ease of use to proven coring punch.

    Independent machinery tester James de Havilland puts the new ProCore 648s aerator
    to the test and discovers that sometimes the smallest changes make the biggest difference.


The last tee

How the Toro Student Awards got caught on camera

The winner of the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award was Michael Russell, assistant greenkeeper at Ormskirk Golf Club in West Lancashire and winner of the Young Award was Daniel Martin, first assistant greenkeeper at Farleigh Golf Club in Surrey. We caught the moment and captured the event on camera. See how the event unfolded…

We went behind the scenes at The Open 2023

A 2023 highlight was providing championship support and a fleet of Toro machines for The Open at Royal Liverpool. With a focus on battery power for the greens, tees and surrounds, we caught up with links manager James Bledge and went behind the scenes as preparations took place for the historic event. Watch the video…

It turned out to be a record year for BTME 2023

It was a record-breaking year at BTME as we debuted four new equipment launches from Toro. There was a strong electric theme with the Workman MDX Lithium and new Toro Vista passenger vehicle along with new technology in the form of Toro’s Geolink precision spray system. You can find out more about all of those here.