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GOLF What’s in the shed


Massey Ferguson Tractor c/w Lewis Loader Richard Long Collector Marston 3 Tonne Trailer Howard renovator Six tonne trailer Toro Workman Propass Topdresser John Deere Pro Gator John Deere HD 200 sprayer Hunter Juno Grinder John Deere Tractor   Twose mole plough John Deere 220a pedestrian mowers x 2  TurfMech Squirrel Toro Fairway Mower Toro 4500 Rough mower Clubcar golf buggies Takeuchi 2.5 Tonne digger ISEKI TG5390 tractor AFT trencher Turfco Tornado Blower Smithco tournament roller Jacobsen 250 fairway mower Jacobsen TR3 fairway mower Jacobsen GP400 greensmower Jacobsen Eclipse 322 greensmower Wessex RMX 550 roller mower Cushman Pro hauler Fiat van MX Loader   John Deere mower trailers x 2 Jacobsen Eclipse pedestrian mowers x 3 Trilo vacuum Team walkover sprayer Jacobsen Greensking pedestrian mower


Left to right: Adan Troop, Josh Marshall, Tom Howells, Phil Birch, Steven Lloyd, Clive Jones, Martin Knight and Ken Threadgill


fungicides we have now are not as effective as the old contacts. We use a lot more turf hardener to try and help keep the plant healthier and stronger.”


Since Steven took over at the club, he has looked at improving the machinery whilst also making the most of what he inherited. “Previously, the club would budget each year as it came. They had a £50,000 budget, which was split between projects and machinery; it was a bun fight to try and work it out. The year I came in they spent £25,000 on spare parts alone. The fleet was on its knees. There was two of everything because, half of the time, one of them had broken down. I put a proposal together in the first winter to clean out the front-line mowing equipment and bring in additional equipment that would allow us to carry out our own projects, as they were paying a lot of money out and not getting a lot back for their money.”


“I put a package together for thirteen bits of new equipment which the club accepted in the first spring I was here. We have done this over a five-year hire purchase agreement with T H White Groundcare


based in Redditch. This comes to an end soon, so we now need to make the decision about keeping what we have or going again with new. We have probably replaced a third of the machinery so far, and we do have quite a big fleet. One machine I would like to invest in is the Air2G2 - it would be nice to have it available when we want it.” Steven has five full-time staff, one part timer and a summer casual. Clive Jones, Deputy Head Greenkeeper, has been at the club 32 years straight from school and knows the course like the back of his hand. He has an NVQ Level 2 in sports turf plus spraying certificates PA1, 2 and 3. Adam Troop, Assistant Greenkeeper who also doubles as the handyman around the club, has eight years’ service. He has his NVQ Level 2 and 3 in sports turf and chainsaw certificate. Greenkeeper Tom Howells has been with Steven for four years. He previously worked in the pro shop, is a scratch golfer, has NVQ Level 2 in sports turf and currently doing his Level 3, holds spraying certificates PA1, 2 and 6 and a chainsaw certificate. Josh Marshall, apprentice greenkeeper, has been at the


My budget was significantly less to solve the


problems, so I went back to the basic principles


22 PC August/September 2019





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