Hills Club uses Ransomes Jacobsen equipment to prepare for busy summer


Hills Club uses Ransomes Jacobsen equipment to prepare for busy summer
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Hills Golf and Country Club near Gothenburg, Sweden, is capitalising on an exclusive supplier agreement with Svenningsens Maskin, a Ransomes Jacobsen distributor, by acquiring a fleet of Jacobsen equipment and a 60-strong E-Z-GO golf car fleet.

Located on the outskirts of Molndal, a town ten kilometres south of Gothenburg, the course opened in 2006 and plays 7,700 yards. The firm behind the course’s original design is Hills Forrest, with Steve Forrest the project’s lead architect. A new consortium took over the club in 2011 and has invested heavily in improving the course and other facilities at Hills Golf.

Four holes are being rebuilt at the course, with work starting in August 2012 and scheduled to be completed this summer. The work is being done in-house, something course manager Kristoffer Palmlund describes as ‘an exciting challenge’.

The new equipment for Ransomes Jacobsen is bringing a range of benefits as the club prepares the course and puts the final touches to the new holes ahead of the busy summer period.

“In all my time here, we have never had a triplex mower on our greens; we use Jacobsen walking Eclipse mowers and the quality of cut is excellent,” explains Palmlund. “To encourage more community involvement with the club we have employed five guys from the local youth football team for four hours a day to cut the greens in summer. We have six Eclipses and three go out on alternate days, normally cutting at 3.5mm, which is reduced to 3mm if we want to add some speed.”

The most recent arrival at Hills Golf and Country Club is two Jacobsen LF550 light fairway mowers. The course’s team of 17 staff will rise to 24 during the summer, and will include a specialist spray technician and an irrigation technician.