Surrounded by mountains in a picturesque Austrian valley, the new Golfclub Zillertal-Uderns was constructed to be in harmony with the natural landscape. This includes how they manage the course with Toro® irrigation technologies to manage water resources efficiently, along with Toro hybrid and battery-powered greensmowers and other Toro equipment to maintain its championship-quality turf.
Located in Uderns in the state of Tyrol, Austria, Golfclub Zillertal-Uderns is the region’s first golf club and the only new golf club to open in Austria in 2014. The 65-acre (26.3 hectares), 18-hole course is equipped with state-of-the-art Toro irrigation products, supplied by Toro distributor Prochaska, including the Toro Lynx® Central Control System.
The Lynx system puts critical course information at the user’s fingertips, allowing course personnel to monitor and precisely manage irrigation schedules. Adjustments can be made based on soil moisture, salinity and temperature data reported by Toro Turf Guard™ wireless soil sensors installed on each green. The system is integrated with a weather station, as well as pump control software, that allows the course to efficiently manage power usage. Course staff also can access all of this information in Lynx with their mobile phones.
“The installation of the comprehensive Toro irrigation system and partnership with Prochaska really allowed us to get our course up and running quickly without sacrificing quality for our members,” says Heinz Schultz, owner of Golfclub Zillertal-Uderns. “It also contributed greatly to our ability to apply for hosting the 2022 Ryder Cup. That alone is a testimony to the perfect quality of course and our facilities.”
The irrigation system features Toro’s DT35 and DT54 dual trajectory series sprinklers — as well as Toro’s 835 and 855 series sprinklers with the TruJectory™ feature, which allows users to adjust the trajectory of the spray from 7 to 30 degrees. When maintenance is needed, the latest Toro INFINITY™ Series technology with SMART ACCESS™ allows course staff to access sprinkler components from the top without digging, since the decoder is included in the body of the sprinklers.
“We are delighted that Golfclub Zillertal-Uderns has chosen to use Toro irrigation and turf equipment,” adds Andreas Heger, Prochaska President. “It’s a beautiful course, and Toro products are the ideal choice to not only maintain that beauty but also use resources efficiently for years to come.”
Along with Toro irrigation products, Golfclub Zillertal-Uderns uses a variety of Toro golf mowers, including Toro Greensmaster® TriFlex® Hybrid riding greensmowers and Greensmaster eFlex® lithium-ion battery-powered walk greensmowers — both of which are designed to help save fuel and reduce emissions while delivering a precise cut.
The course’s fleet also includes Toro Reelmaster® fairway mowers, the Toro Workman® MDX utility vehicle, the Toro Sand Pro® bunker rake, the Toro GreensPro® riding greens roller and more. From greens, tees and fairways to rough areas and bunkers, all of the course’s turf is maintained exclusively with equipment from Toro.
Schultz concludes, “We are very happy with our choice of Toro equipment and irrigation, as our course is now the first and only course in Austria to be awarded a 5-star classification from the German BVGA (Bundesverband Golfanlagen).”
Golfclub Zillertal-Uderns opened on July 1, 2014, in Uderns, Tyrol, Austria. The 18-hole championship course stretches over 65 acres (26.3 hectares) and offers a spacious practice facility with covered tees and short game area, a PGA golf school and a clubhouse with an adjoining 4-star superior hotel. It is situated at an altitude of 500 meters, offering a panoramic view of the mountains. Golf Club Uderns applied this past summer to host the 2022 Ryder Cup. The hosting club will be determined in fall of 2015.
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