‘Environmental Golf Course of the Year’ invests in Toro’s Reelmaster 5010-H to maintain high standards
By Chris Doyle
The ‘Environmental Golf Course of the Year’, Greetham Valley Golf Club, gained its title at the prestigious national Golf Environment Awards 2017 for its extensive efforts to increase biodiversity and reduce its carbon footprint.
The club’s conscientious environmental attitude is also evident in its recent decision to purchase the Toro Reelmaster 5010-H hybrid mower, known for its ability to cut fuel consumption by up to 20%.
Ecological best practice is important to all staff at Greetham but none more so than course manager Adrian Porter who, among many other ecological projects, has implemented initiatives ranging from reducing chemical usage and controlling pests, disease and weeds using holistic methods, to creating wildflower meadows and constructing 17 new ponds.
Adrian said: “The environment and sustainability is at the forefront of the club’s mind in every decision it makes.
“As an industry-leading innovator with greener mowing options, Toro matches our forward-thinking approach.
“We invested in the Reelmaster 5010-H as its PowerMatch technology greatly reduces fuel consumption and therefore our impact on the environment. We really value biodiversity, so the fact that the more fuel-efficient electric cylinder drive reduces exhaust pollution and removes oil leaks are bonuses that won’t upset wildlife or players.”
The 5010-H boasts environmental benefits without sacrificing results. “The after-cut appearance remains superb because the cutting decks follow the undulations of the course. Plus the lightness of the machine means no turf damage and reduced soil compaction,” said Adrian.
Greetham Valley Golf Club has been a Toro customer for 23 years and Adrian says he’s always been able to rely on Reesink’s customer service.
“Any issues or queries are resolved quickly and our relationship with Reesink representative Andy Humble is great,” he added. “He often pops in to make sure we’re happy and is always on hand to answer any questions.
“We remain exclusively loyal to Toro thanks to this service and the machines’ reliability. The machines are always of great build quality and the investment is worth every penny – especially as Toro’s reputation means they will have a great resale value in years to come.”
In addition to the Reelmaster 5010-H the club purchased a Groundsmaster 4500-D, Workman HDX, ProCore 648 pedestrian aerator and a Greensmaster TriFlex 3400.