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Revelling in the Rio Olympic sun

Ransomes Jacobsen is making its mark ahead of golf’s return to world sport’s biggest stage

WITH less than a year to go until golf’s return to the Olympic Games for the first time since 1904, Ransomes Jacobsen is playing its part in ensuring the newly-built course in host city Rio de Janeiro is prepared to the highest standards.

MOWING

The company’s equipment is being used to maintain the Olympic golf course after it won the exclusive supply contract for the mowing equipment, and its machines have been busy preparing the course for the past 15 months as construction finished and grow-in progressed.

Initially, 18 machines were delivered in June last year, including: three Eclipse2 walking greens mowers; two Eclipse 322 hybrid powered ride-on greens mowers; four Greens King walking mowers; one SLF1880 super light fairway mower; two LF3800 fairways mowers; three Turfcat out-front ride-on rotary mowers; two UK-built TR3 reel mowers for tees and surrounds; and a GA30 pedestrian aerator.

By the time the first test event takes place early in 2016, Ransomes Jacobsen will have a total of 35 turf maintenance machines at the course, with a team of Jacobsen technicians running the maintenance facility during the full 14 days of competition.

STANDARDS

Renowned architect Gil Hanse’s design was chosen from eight high profile entries and he has worked closely with course superintendent Neil Cleverly to ensure it meets the high standards expected of it as golf makes its Olympic return.

Alan Prickett, managing director of Ransomes Jacobsen in the UK, said: “We are, once again, delighted to be involved in the Olympic Games and it continues a tradition that goes back over many decades.

“This was a particularly important win for us, as it marks the return of golf as an Olympic sport after more than a century, and it is sure to be one of the high-profile events when the Games begin next year.”

For more information on the products used on the Rio Olympic course, visit ransomesjacobsen.com

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