Cambridgeshire GC renews Toro lease

The Tydd St Giles Golf & Country Club, in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, has committed to its second five-year machinery lease with Toro; a financial move that managing director Adrian Hurst says allows for continued site investment.

Tydd MD Adrian Hurst, front right, with Lely’s Julian Copping and the club’s greenkeepers. Image: Supplied
Tydd MD Adrian Hurst, front right, with Lely’s Julian Copping and the club’s greenkeepers. Image: Supplied

Spanning over 150 acres of landscaped golf and leisure grounds, the Cambridgeshire estate comprises a community of luxury holiday homes set around an 18-hole, par-70 golf course.

Hurst, who also designed the course back in 1996, explained why he opted for a lease over buying new machines outright: "We chose to renew our lease so that we're able to free up capital and continue investing into the site's other areas.

"We've recently opened a brand new £2m leisure complex and we've invested in the infrastructure of another 150 holiday homes, so the lease option works fantastically well for us."

The new operating lease has been agreed with Toro distributors Lely UK, alongside a service contract supplied by Norfolk-based R & B Turf & Groundcare.

Aside from financial benefits, Hurst also said being impressed with both the Lely and R & B Turf & Groundcare teams was another reason for renewing.

"We had an operating lease with Toro for five years prior to this renewal agreement and were really happy with the support and advice we received from the guys at Lely, in particular Julian Copping, Jeff Anguige and Larry Pearman," he said.

"Similarly, we were impressed by R & B's work. As they did such a great job servicing the machines that after the lease was up, we bought them all. We see great value in the 6-10 years of a mower when they're kept in good shape with a full maintenance package."

As well as buying all of the previously leased machines, the new lease agreement has seen the club welcome the arrival of two new Toro Greensmaster 3250-Ds, one Reelmaster 6700-D, one Reelmaster 3100-D and one Groundsmaster 4500-D.

Head greenkeeper Kevin Goude said he is particularly impressed with the new Groundsmaster 4500-D, which has a 2.7m width of cut, allowing mowing of up to 7.6 acres per hour, making a "substantial difference" in productivity.

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