Littlestone Golf Club purchases fleet of Toro machinery


Littlestone Golf Club purchases fleet of Toro machinery
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Littlestone Golf Club in Kent, UK has purchased a fleet of new turfcare machinery from Toro.

Located on land between the Romney Marsh and the English Channel, Littlestone GC is home to two 18-hole courses – The Championship Links and The Warren.

Delivered by Toro’s UK distributor Lely Turfcare, the new fleet is comprised of nine mowers, including Greensmasters, Reelmasters and Groundsmasters, four utility vehicles, two aerators, a top dresser and the latest MP5800 sprayer, the first to be delivered in the UK.

The club has invested around £750,000 in its turfcare machinery following a management restructuring and the creation of a robust new business plan.

“As such, the board felt now was the right time to invest in state-of-the-art machinery,” said Stuart Gremo, the club’s chairman. “The Toro fleet will ensure the courses are maintained to the highest standards and recovery times improved, which in turn will help Littlestone further elevate its top 100 status.”

Course manager Malcolm Grand says he and his fellow greenkeepers have been impressed with the fleet so far, particularly the Greensmaster TriFlex 3400 mowers.

“We’ve had them out a couple of times now and they’re superb,” said Grand. We’re noting a better quality of cut and a much more refined finish. The new Reelmaster 3100-D with Sidewinder is also impressive. The Championship Links course is set out across undulating grounds, which the 3100-D handles especially well. With its variable reel speed adjustment giving us greater operator control, we’re now able to cut the tee banks and the corners of the bunkers with ease.”