Hugely respected workshop manager Dennis looking forward to more time with the family
London Golf Club workshop manager Dennis Excell is leaving behind the Toro machines he has had the pleasure of working with since his career began and retiring from the club he joined at its very beginning.
At school Dennis had a plan to work as a panel beater, instead a career in mechanics in the agriculture and horticulture sectors followed. “I just found something I liked doing,” said Excell. “Grass machinery grabbed my attention from the beginning and then I was introduced to Toro and life at a golf course, which to me was a winning combination.”
Over his career Dennis has seen many changes to Toro machines and the work required to maintain a golf course to the high standards required by today’s discerning golfers. “The job now is much more mechanised than it was at the beginning and vast improvements have been made to the machines we use,” he says. “They’re more reliable, easier to maintain and not so costly. Now there’s the option of working to a five-year turnaround on a replacement programme, too. All this means much better playing surfaces for golfers!”
Peter Todd, course manager at London Golf Club who has worked with Dennis since 1992, says it was always going to be sad saying goodbye to such a well-liked colleague. “Dennis had the perfect personality and temperament for the job. He was always approachable and whatever the problem presented to him, he was upbeat and cheerful. He saw the bright and funny side in everything, and of course was incredibly competent at the job.”
Trevor Chard from Lely-Toro who has worked with Dennis for 20 years echoes the sentiment: “Dennis is a long-standing member of the golfing community who will be missed by many.”
Colin Baxter now takes over as the club’s new golf course equipment manager.