The Royal County Down Golf Club in Northern Ireland has taken delivery of a Jacobsen Eclipse diesel-electric hybrid greens mower.
Delivered by Brodericks Grass Machinery of Newtownabbey, the mower will enable links manager Eamonn Crawford to maintain the course, which was recently voted the best in Ireland by Golf Digest Ireland.
“One of the main reasons for the mower’s purchase was its adjustable clip rate,” said Crawford. “I want to have the facility to change the clip rate throughout the seasons, to suit the growing conditions at any given time. We’ll have to experiment to find the optimum cuts per metre, but this is the only ride-on greens mower that allows me to do this.”
“I’m hoping that with Jacobsen’s quality of cut and variable clips rate that we will be able to increase the height of cut while maintaining green speed,” added Crawford. “This will be much healthier for the grass plant. I’m also looking forward to improved fuel economy; the smaller diesel engine uses much less fuel and I like the idea of being able to vary the clean up pass using a combination of the three cutting units, which all lift and lower independently.”