Since February Excell has been imparting his knowledge of how the workshop is run to new recruit Colin Baxter who takes over as the club’s new golf course equipment manager. Baxter comes from Mount Edgecombe Country Club in South Africa, the 36-hole all-Toro golf club.
Excell will be spending time with his family and getting on with the extensive list of DIY jobs they’ve put together for him, Toro said.
Excell said he has seen many changes to Toro machines and the work required to maintain a golf course to the high standards required by today’s discerning golfers. "The job now is much more mechanised than it was at the beginning and vast improvements have been made to the machines we use," he said.
"They’re more reliable, easier to maintain and not so costly. Now there’s the option of working to a five-year turnaround on a replacement programme, too. All this means much better playing surfaces for golfers."