English Golf Courses

Golf at Goodwood reaps the rewards

Course manager now hopes to unify the grounds fleet

Goodwood’S two highly acclaimed golf courses are seeing the benefits of new Toro equipment after receiving delivery of four Reelmaster 3550-D fairway mowers.

As the lightest fairway mower on the market, the new additions to the Golf At Goodwood fleet have been put to work over the contours of both the Downs Course, often referred to as ‘the best downland course in the UK’, and the Park Course.

Course manager Phil Helmn said: “With Toro equipment you not only have a wide choice of mowers and ancilliary machinery to choose from, but you also know that you are buying quality. And that goes beyond just the ability to do a good job; it includes the support necessary to ensure the equipment delivers throughout its working life.”

As a long time user of Toro at Golf At Goodwood, Helmn also hopes to use Toro to address responsibilities that go well beyond the golf courses, including taking care of the parkland, race circuits and gardens across the entire Goodwood estate.

“It makes good business sense to try and use equipment from as few suppliers as possible,” he continued. “We currently have two in-house mechanics, one full-time and one part-time, and sub-contract put servicing and other repairs.

“Going forwards, however, I want to increase our workshop staff numbers and have three full-time in-house mechanics – and I would like them all Toro-trained to a high standard to work on a wide selection of machines we intend to purchase.

“It makes economic sense for us to share resources between the gardens, golf courses, racing circuit and airfield. We have set ourselves exacting standards and it is my job to ensure the quality mowing and the presentation we deliver is consistently high.

“By working with Toro and Lely UK I hope to develop our machinery fleet so it is easier to manage and more economical to operate. By sharing resources I believe we can continue to deliver the best results using equipment I know we can trust.”

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

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