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Sherborne looks to a bright future with Toro

Sherborne looks to a bright future with Toro

Club on the border of Dorset and Somerset signs new five-year agreement with top brand

By Chris Doyle

Five years of trouble-free mowing sees Sherborne Golf Club on the border of Dorset and Somerset embark on its second five-year partnership agreement with Toro.

Coinciding with an extensive re-landscaping project, Toro has earned its position at the club by being able to cope with the tough work involved with course improvements and the daily year-round cutting the free-draining, grass-factory course demands.

Course manager Chris  Watson explained: “When we made the decision to first partner with Toro, it wasn’t the most logical decision logistically, nor the cheapest. Devon  Garden Machinery [DGM], the Toro dealer for the area, is about an hour and a half away, and there are closer dealers for competitive machinery,  one just nine miles away, and Toro’s premium turfcare machinery isn’t the cheapest available.

“However, it is the best for a precision cut with an unsurpassed after-cut appearance and that trumped everything for everyone involved in the decision.

“DGM has proved distance doesn’t matter. I recently alerted my contact Elliot Wellman about a hydraulic breakdown at 6am and by 3pm a replacement machine had been sourced and delivered. This kind of support and service – trouble-free! – is so reassuring to have.”

The parkland course can be challenging to maintain. The soil is sandy, the grass grows quickly and the terrain is hilly. All of these factors put machines to the test, as Chris, who has been at Sherborne for 14 years and leads a greenkeeping team of four, can attest.


“We’ve recently taken delivery of a Reelmaster 5610-D, which is a replacement machine,” he added. “We did consider an alternative, but with a course like this and the potential to have a repeat occurrence of the inordinate amount of rain seen over the summer of 2012 meant we went with the machine we knew could handle extreme conditions. Even with grass growth regulators we are cutting every day. Plus, the power-to-hill ratio of that machine is perfect for this course.”

To find out more, email info@reesinkturfcare.co.uk, or visit http://www.reesinkturfcare.co.uk

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