English Golf Courses

Bristol club saves 35 days' play a year

Toro machines help solve waterlogged greens issue

Long Ashton Golf Club has finally got rid of a waterlogged greens problem that was costing the club multiple days of play a year thanks to extensive course reconstruction and the deployment of a Toro ProCore 648 aerator.

Course manager James Braithwaite found that the club’s members were losing as many as 35 days play per year due to waterlogged greens, and decided to work alongside the STRI to develop a plan to reconstruct 14 greens within a five week period.


“Initially Toro lent us a ProCore 648 to do the job, this machine working impressively well,” said Braithwaite. ‘It really helps maintain good aeration, keeping the drainage channels open and allowing the heavy spells of rain to percolate through the turf layer quickly into the new profile, keeping the greens in play.

“We pride ourselves as being among the premier courses in the area but losing so many days play to wet greens was a problem, so we had to something as other courses’ greens remained open when some of our were closed.

Braithwaite was so delighted with its performance, he took the move to invest in his own machine, and it has been used extensively ever since, as heavy rainfall has put it to the test.

For more information visit toro.com, email turfcare.uk@lely.com or call 01480 226800.

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