Welsh club benefits from spending plan
PWLLHELI Golf Club has been investing heavily in its future over the last 18 months as the 115-year-old club brought in a new range of Toro greens, tees and fairway mowers.
Sitting on the northern edge of Cardigan Bay, Pwllheli started building its new range in 2013 with the delivery of a Groundsmaster 4300-D and five Contour Plus 22” individual decks. Most recently, it has seen the arrival of a Reelmaster 5510-D fairway mower and Greensmaster TriFlex 3420-D, worth a combined £80,000. The new equipment replaces three older competitor machines and complements an existing Toro Reelmaster 3100-D Sidewinder and Greensmaster 3250-D.
“Apart from operator satisfaction, we’ve found the machines robust and reliable,” said Stuart Pilkington, Pwllheli course manager and club professional. “We have three grounds-staff and we rotate the machines between them on a three-weekly basis. The parkland part of the course grows grass like nobody’s business and we’ve found the GM4300-D with its CrossTrax four-wheel drive system, in particular, to be brilliant for tackling this.”
Each of the Toro machines comes as part of a five-year package the club arranged through local service dealer Major Owen, with whom it has built a close relationship over the years.
“This has proved invaluable to running the equipment,” continued Pilkington. “We do all our own maintenance and repairs but local representative Glyn Hughes is always there to advise and help. Indeed, he’ll even tell us off if we’re not using a machine correctly. He’s also willing to help ensure the lads keep the machines set correctly.
“Another factor that influenced our decision was the ready and speedy supply of any spare parts. It’s reassuring to know that a machine would never be out of operation for long.”
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