Leading Groundscare specialist GGM Groundscare has reported a surge in enquiries from golf clubs, together with its first fleet order since the Government’s recent announcement that clubs are able to reopen.
Since lockdown restrictions started to ease, GGM have received a number of calls from golf clubs who are keen to improve their playing surfaces for all their members and invest in new Baroness equipment.
Baroness demonstrates Japanese excellence at its best, offering a comprehensive range of fine-turf machinery solutions with exceptional cutting performance. From pedestrian greens mowers to five gang fairway mowers the extensive range has been manufactured to offer a quality finish, low cost of ownership, simplicity and ease of use.
Managing Director Chris Gibson said: “Now that people are able to exercise more freely, golf clubs are well and truly open for business. It’s extremely encouraging to see that they want to invest in and commit to new machinery, after this terrible time for both our country and our economy.”
GGM Groundscare has already installed a fleet of new Baroness machines into a popular Cheshire golf club, in the week it reopened its doors.
The 18-hole parkland golf course, which boasts superb putting surfaces and undulating tree-lined fairways attracts golfers from miles around. With over 70 bunkers, the course is extremely busy and signed up 25 new members in the first week after lockdown alone.
Their aging fleet had become unreliable, costing the club in terms of time and money with staff spending an excessive amount of time keeping the course up to standard. The Course General Manager called upon GGM Groundscare and trialled three machines from top manufacturer Baroness – the LM315 Greensmower, the brand new LM551 5-unit fairway mower and the GM2810 semi rough rotary mower, just prior to lockdown.
During the trial, thanks to the efficiency of the state of the art machines, the club were able to cut all of the fairways, rough and greens in 3 days as opposed to the usual minimum of a full week, saving a staggering 40% of staffing costs and time. The club were particularly impressed with the Baroness GM2810 Rough Mower, renowned for its fast speed when cutting extensive areas of fast growing rough, the design of the decks allows cleaner discharge of grass giving a high-quality stripped finish.
The General Manager said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to open our course again, and these fantastic new machines have given us the perfect start. We’ve heard great things about Baroness from other club managers and the fact they come with an extended warranty was very reassuring.
Chris Gibson from GGM Groundscare concluded: “It’s great news that golf has re-opened. Since GGM have been working with turf specialists Baroness alongside Kubota we have been able to offer real Japanese excellence to our customers. This coupled with our after-sales offering allows us to tailor-make packages to meet the individual needs of our customers and to offer expertise and advice as we negotiate these difficult times.
We have also invested heavily in training and other resources to ensure we are able to offer expertise and advice whilst offering the highest level of service including precision relief grinding to ensure blades are kept in optimum condition to produce a first-class quality of cut.”