Peter Smith, Course Manager at Birch Grove Estate Golf Course, has recently undertaken a huge renovation project at Birch Grove to re-instate this renowned course to its former glory. Part of the process is the purchase of essential pieces of grounds maintenance equipment which will not only help with the renovation but also maintain the quality of the course long term.
One such machine is the Coremaster Xtreme 12 aerator, supplied by Campey Turf Care Systems. Launched at BTME this year, the Coremaster Xtreme 12 is a 1560mm turf aerator featuring new aeration technology. It is like having three machines in one. Its heavy-duty construction makes it powerful enough to aerate a full fairway, yet it’s precise enough for use on delicate greens and tees. The Xtreme 12 can aerate up 50,000 sq. ft. (4,500m2) per hour with ease.
“It is the range of applications and speed of operation that sets the Coremaster Xtreme apart from the rest,” said Peter “I have used standard traditional aerators which will not reach the depths of the Coremaster and I have used pedestrian stand-alone shallow depth aerators for tees and greens, but this machine is far superior to anything I have had in the past.
“Not just that it is robust and easy to use, but the fact that it is versatile, fast and efficient. It will aerate to a depth of 9” without heave using solid tines, and with tines/tine blocks and heads are quickly interchangeable. I can quickly go from 1” tines at a depth of 9”, to needle tines at a shallow depth to micro-tine the surface of the greens and tees. It provides performance with speed and accuracy and minimal disruption to the surface, so play down time is negligible.”
The Coremaster Xtreme is available in two working widths, 42” (1050mm) and 62” (1560mm) with hole spacings from 1” – 5”. The quick change tine system allows solid tine depths from 1” – 9”and hollow tines from 1” – 7”.
The golf course at Birch Grove Estate, which is privately owned, was designed by Donald Steel and was acclaimed by the select few who have played it as one of the best 18 holes in Sussex. No expense was spared in its construction and the millions spent created a golf course of absolute perfection. Allowed to become derelict, Birch Grove is now under new ownership. The course is to be given a new lease of life although use of the course and its facilities will continue to be reserved for the private use of the owner.