Professional Groundscare

April 2017

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Turf Maintenance LIVE! a unique turf care event with an emphasis on working demonstrations and up close inspection of the new season's products returns for 2017. The collaborative event by eight of the industry's leading innovators will be held on Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27. Location is The Worcestershire Golf Club at Malvern Wells and those involved are GKB Machines, Husqvarna, Iseki, Jacobsen, Martin Lishman, Rigby Taylor, Wessex International and Wiedenmann UK. The event, featuring working machines and equipment that Woodhall Spa Golf Club has acquired an Air2G2 from Campey Turf Care Systems, via the dealer Burdens. The sprawling 36-hole complex includes the world renowned Hotchkin Course, and is home to the National Golf Centre. The vast site is managed by course manager, Sam Rhodes, where he and his 17-staff work to keep the courses at a standard befi tting of the tournaments they host, with the Air2G2 now an integral part of the maintenance operation. The importance of the machine comes from the expectations of golfers. Gone are the days when winter golf is seen as a bonus, and in are the demands for perfect putting surfaces all year round. This expectation is managed by Sam and is the reason the Air2G2 is an exciting addition. "In modern day golf the condition of the greens is important throughout the year," says Sam. "Years ago, winter golf was a bonus, now there is a lot more pressure on turf professionals to maintain good quality playing surfaces 12 months a year. A support team of British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association members will be heading to The Wentworth Club in May to help prepare the course for the BMW PGA Championship. The greenkeepers will be on hand to assist Director of Golf Courses & Estates Kenny Mackay and his team throughout the European Tour's fl agship event. The team will help out with early morning course work and preparation in advance of each day's play. Club brings in year-round aeration BIGGA support team for the BMW PGA Championship are not static as in exhibition halls, targets groundsmen, greenkeepers, contractors, local authority personnel, estate managers and schools as well as amateur and professional clubs. A TML organiser said: "The Worcestershire Golf Club is a superb venue as it's within striking distance of the M5/M50 intersection and Three Counties Show Ground it's pretty accessible. "We've had good indications of people travelling not just locally but from Shropshire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, South Wales and Oxfordshire so there should be a quite a buzz. "The beauty of the Air2G2 is I can go out there now, I can do the work on a green to break up any compacted layer underneath and help with the drainage, come off, cut the green and you wouldn't know I'd been on it." Time has been taken to fi gure out exactly where the pan layer is, and then with the three varying size of tines Sam has cracked New Zealander Rob Boyce is a Wentworth veteran and this will be the 19th time he has joined the support team. "I keep going out of my love for golf," said the L i n k s ( N e w m a r k e t ) h e a d greenkeeper. "How many tournaments can you get inside the ropes? I learn something everyday, that's what's so great about this job." BIGGA Enquiry 59 that layer and experimented with depth to reduce compaction as much as possible. By doing this he now has well- draining greens with the added ability of reacting to any heavy rain fall before or during tournaments, giving him a 12-months a year aeration operation. Campey Turf Care Enquiry 58 New venue for Turf Maintenance LIVE! as date revealed READER ENQUIRY 60 L a n d s c a p e & A m e n i t y April 2017 Taking a look at sports turf maintenance and fi nance deals for machinery Product News The tools of our trade Page 14-19 Inside Knowledge Laurence Gale meets Ed Mowe Page 18 Technical Article Fencing solutions for sports facilities Page 20 Technical Article Getting the best deal you can Page 21 Sports Turf Maintenance Jane Carley investigates Page 22-26 "We'll be showcasing some of the latest technology with a serious amount of diverse kit on view, so there's plenty of incentive to make a day of it. "We're indebted to two associate sponsors – The IOG and BIGGA - both of whom will be awarding CPD points to attendees." On both days the event will start at 10am with f r e e r e g i s t r a t i o n . O n l i n e registrations are being taken at or by phone on 0141 814 3366. Follow the event as it develops o n T w i t t e r @ l i v e t u r f o r on Facebook. Rigby Taylor Enquiry 57 PREMIUM CUT – Equal to a cylinder mower, but 50% faster! LOW MAINTENANCE COSTS – Save both time and money LOW FUEL COSTS – Economical to run 8 MODELS AVAILABLE – from 1.8m to 8m working widths QUIET OPERATION T: 01264 345870 TRY IT FOR YOURSELF! CALL US TO BOOK YOUR FREE DEMO TODAY! LAPU0415. Wessex International is a trading name of Wessex International Machinery. Follow us on: SCAN TO SEE A DEMO MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE SINCE 1962 When only the best will do...

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