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2020 Open prep starts at Kent club

Royal St George’s has signed a deal with Toro for the championship

Royal St George’s has signed a deal with Toro for the championship

WITH THE OPEN returning to Royal St George’s in 2020, the south coast club has chosen Toro irrigation to ensure the famous course is looking its best when the world’s top golfers arrive in under two years’ time. The simple rationale which pushed course manager, Paul Larson, into lobbying for a Toro irrigation system, when the club made the decision to replace the existing 20-year-old one, was accuracy.

“I want to irrigate in millimetres and not in minutes,” he declared.

Now in place, and guaranteeing the kind of accuracy Paul looks for, is Toro’s Lynx GDC system from Reesink Turfcare, an official Toro UK distributor.

“In fairness, the alternative system we looked at did offer the type of accuracy I was looking for, but while I could achieve three millimetres of water on a specific part of the course with one click of a button on the Toro system, the other system required some calculations and seemingly two or three clicks,” he added.

The system comes complete with pump and weather station integration and installed with a course map, as well as Toro’s round-the-clock support in their handheld and NSN apps.

“We now have Infinity sprinklers on the greens, surrounds, approaches and fairways and we can control every sprinkler head individually,” he added. “Everything is so easy to adjust; we’re currently tweaking everything so that it’ll do exactly what we want. The user friendliness means I’m able to sit with my tablet and control the system remotely, safe in the knowledge that we’re irrigating the areas that need it and not wasting water.”

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