Greenkeeping News    3rd Sep, 2019 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk

BRUNTSFIELD’S £1.2M UPGRADE COMPLETE

New greenkeeping equipment to grace fourth oldest course in the world.

A £1.2 million investment of Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield Links 18-hole course has concluded with the arrival of a brand
new fleet of Toro machinery.

Rolling into one of the world’s oldest courses will be: two Reelmaster 3575-D fairway mowers; two Reelmaster 3100-D mowers with Sidewinders; five Greensmaster 1000 pedestrian mowers; two Greensmaster 3250-D ride-on greens mowers; a Workman MDX utility vehicle; and a TYM 503 heavy-duty tractor.

Course manager Neil Hogg said: “This is our first package deal and the timing coincides with the conclusion of the extensive revamp of the course by golf course architects Mackenzie & Ebert. The course has been designed around a very modern spec and reflects the way golf is played in the 21st century. We knew we needed a package deal to take care of the course and deliver the results it deserves.”

The main objective of the redesign was to keep the original Alister Mackenzie shapes and feel but bring it up to date.

There are now eight new holes and more than 80 bunkers which have been redesigned and repositioned to reflect the distances club golfers now hit the ball. The course has also been restored to a par 71.

With the course getting an update, Neil admitted so did the machinery. “The shed was previously a mixed bag of machines. Some were getting on for 30 years old and the machinery that made up the fleet as a whole hadn’t really been considered. With Dougie, our CEO’s guidance, plus that of Reesink’s Stuart Tait and David Raitt, we looked at how we could streamline things and ensure the best for the
future of the course.

“The new fleet is delivering on our expectations. All the staff love using the machines, the fairway mowers are so nimble and light, and the pedestrian mowers in particular are a big hit. Maintenance and servicing are a lot easier.

“It’s the perfect end to the project. We started out with quality and longevity in mind and we conclude with it, too. The machines will respect the course and bring out its best for years to come.”


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