The Manor House in Wiltshire has taken its golfing experience to new heights after becoming the latest golf club to invest in a Ventrac, the all-terrain compact tractor that is revolutionising golf-course conditioning across the world.
The luxury venue in Castle Combe has joined an exclusive group of golf clubs in the UK to turn to Ventrac with the purchase of an all-purpose Ventrac 4500Y.
Popular with course managers and clubs in the United States, but still relatively new to the UK, the four-wheel drive tractor is ideal for all terrains and gradients, making it possible to manoeuvre around ponds, steep banks, wetlands and natural overgrown areas without damaging the turf.
Members will get their first proper taste of Ventrac’s all-round cutting capabilities when The Manor House stages the annual club championships early this month and golf club manager Andrew Ryan believes the investment of around £50,000 will be money well spent for the future.
“Investing in the Ventrac is going to be a real game changer for our greenkeeping team and I’m excited by the opportunities that it will open up,” said Ryan. “We will be able to cut on steeper slopes and maintain the areas that have been particularly hard to get to in the past.
“The club championships will give us a great opportunity to really ramp up the presentation of the course and I’m confident that, with this latest investment, the course will never have looked better as we prepare for the second half of the season.”
Considered one of the best golf courses in the south-west of England and recently named among the top-100 golf resorts in Great Britain & Ireland, The Manor House’s delightful layout is immersed in the enchanting surroundings of the Cotswolds, with 365 acres of breathtaking rolling countryside as a backdrop. Designed by Peter Alliss and Clive Clark, the mature oak and beech trees that line the beautifully manicured fairways, together with the immaculate greens and the River Bybrook meandering through the middle, bring both drama and beauty to the 6,500-yard parkland course.