Lely’s Toro Protection Plus (TPP) plan has helped Rookery Park Golf Club significantly reduce and better manage its maintenance budgets.
The 27-hole course in Carlton Colville near Lowestoft recently signed a new Toro deal that will see its fleet of mixed machinery makes turn all-Toro in the next five years.
Thus far, course manager Mark Henderson has taken delivery of two new mowers – a Greensmaster 3250-D and Groundsmaster 3500-D Sidewinder – having decided to update the club’s existing kit after repair bills for the ageing fleet begin to rocket.
“We used to use a mix of two machinery makes, but the kit was beginning to age and so we looked at all the three major companies and did some demos,” he reveals. “We chose Toro because the machines offer quality, reliability and are well-built.”
Together with moving the club’s machinery maintenance in-house, Mark says that TPP – which aims to provide the turf industry’s most comprehensive machinery protection – is helping protect the club against unexpected repair bills and manage budgets to the penny.
“We haven’t had to spend a penny on our new mowers yet, whereas our ageing machines regularly had to be carted off for repair to the tune of £1,000 a time,” Mark continues. “Thanks to our new in-house workshop area for day-to-day maintenance and setting-up, we’ve certainly reduced our maintenance costs and also have a more reliable fleet as well as eased our service and maintenance overall.”