Club invests in new kit worth over £180,000

The credit crunch has failed to dent the confidence of the new owner of a northern golf course, which has bought over £180,000 worth of new equipment.

Machines rolling through the gates of Tapton Park Golf Club, in Chesterfield, will have to tackle tough ground, said head greenkeeper Steve Fletcher. "The terrain here is fairly punishing with some steep gradients, (so) we need equipment with excellent traction and cut to provide a good finish."

Fletcher and his four greenkeepers tackle an 18-hole course along with nine- and 18-hole chip-and-putt courses. He said: "Even with a lean team we can now carry out our duties more efficiently and produce good playing conditions."

Sheffield International Venues recently took over the club and chose the kit from Ransomes Jacobsen dealer Golf & Turf Machinery, based in nearby Mexborough.

Equipment included an HR5111 and an AR 250 rotary mower, and a Tri-King for tees and surrounds.

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