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Outfield Robots In Charge At High Legh Park Golf Club

3.30pm 28th September 2017 - Course Development - This story was updated on Friday, September 29th, 2017

Automated Managed Services (AMS) announce the recent install of robot technology at High Legh Park Golf Club’s driving range in august 2017. The Club was designed by former Ryder Cup captain Mark James and was first opened in 1998. It currently boasts two courses, great practice areas, a floodlit driving range and an American Golf Academy, making it the perfect destination for golfers.

The facility has seen a major transformation since it was purchased back in 2011 by Andrew Vaughan, after previously going into receivership. With Andrew’s investment and management at the forefront, the club has been transformed into one of Cheshire’s premier golf venues.

To further enhance the productivity and development of the golf facility, automation was introduced to the driving range.  The robots automate the chores of outfield maintenance such as grass management, ball collecting, ball washing, ball handling and transportation to the dispenser.

“Well with about ten to fifteen thousand balls a day being hit out onto the outfield, the man hours in getting those balls in were quite prohibitive. Usually taking several hours per day to get balls in, clean them and put them back into the ball dispenser. Also over the winter we’ve been going out with heavy machinery churning up the outfield and finding a lot of balls were being mechanically plugged by the equipment, which was causing the outfield to look a right mess.” said Andrew Vaughan.

The AMS BallPicker robot returning to charge station to drop balls into the wash system

” It’s only been in nearly week now, but the signs are looking really good, it’s been picking up from all the areas of the outfield.  We have quite a large outfield with some quite bumpy areas, so I was very sceptical as to whether the machines could actually cope with that. However so far they have perfectly, also the added benefit of the system putting the balls back into the ball dispenser and cleaning them, it’s just a perfect solution.”

Installation of the system can take approximately 7 working days and can be completed without any disruption to your facility.

“Sam, the head technician from AMS, and his colleagues were excellent. Since we’ve had it installed we’ve been on the phone two or three times about some teething problems and he’s been great talking us through them. Whilst o nsite he was perfect, he didn’t leave site until he was perfectly sure that everything was working great” says Vaughan.

“The main benefits of the robots are that it can frees up personnel to perform other tasks and requires minimal human intervention of just 10 minutes cleaning every day. The BigMow robot, finely cuts the blades of grass using a unique mulching technique. This allows the grass to easily decompose into the soil, creating a healthier greener outfield. The BallPicker, which handles the ball collection and drops them into ball to the wash system after collection. The wash system washes and transports the balls back to the dispenser ready for use. This gives the driving range a constant ball supply.

“We travelled up to Rotherham and had a chat with the head green keeper there… he was highly complementary about the system. As long as it’s maintained in a sort of daily routine of cleaning the robots really, then he said you shouldn’t experience any major problems whatsoever…Going back originally we saw them at one of the golf shows. We were sceptical at the time about whether it would actually work, but my manager persuaded me to come over to Rotherham and have a look and see for myself. Also the fact that I could talk to the green keeper there and have an independent view of the system was one main reasons that made me actually decide to go ahead with installing the robots. ”

AMS Outfield Robots

High Legh Park Golf Club

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