The Royal Liverpool Golf Club is putting its faith in Toro to help prepare its famous links course for The Open in 2006 – thirty-nine years after it last hosted the Championship in 1967.
After assessing a number of different manufacturers, the club has signed a five-year deal with Toro that will see the company’s turf maintenance machinery used exclusively in the run-up to The Open. All the club’s course machinery will be replaced within two years.
Links manager Derek Green says, “We have used some Toro in the past, but with The Open coming up we needed to find one manufacturer which could give us the best deal for both high-quality machinery and support. We took 12 months to assess Toro against other manufacturers and it came out top for ease of operation, maintenance, quality and value for money.”
The deal covers a wide range of equipment, including greens, tees and fairway mowers, as well as the unique ‘Sidewinder‘ units with sideways-shifting cutting units for surrounds and aprons – and ‘Workman‘ utility vehicles.
As the second oldest golf club in England, the Royal Liverpool is a leading example of traditional golf at its best. The 18-hole championship links course on the Wirral, also home to the Amateur Championship, is eagerly looking forward to the 2006 Open Championship.
The Toro Flex 21 pedestrian greens mower is one of Derek’s favourite pieces of new Toro kit. “This mower is definitely one to pinpoint because the floating heads are unique and give an excellent finish,” he says. “No other manufacturer could match Toro’s level of back-up and service. That was a major factor, as were the people we dealt with and their professional attitude. Our local dealer Cheshire Turf Machinery is also very reliable. Overall we‘re delighted to be with Toro.”
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