STRI advice prompts golf course to invest in greens roller

Moor Hall Golf Club in the west Midlands has fired up Toro's new GreensPro 1200 greens roller, with the supplier saying it is one of the first clubs in the UK to use the machine.

Course manager Wayne Ganning said the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) suggested greens ironing to help improve the smoothness of the Sutton Coldfield course’s greens.

"STRI recommended we try using a machine to push our greens even smoother and truer. We didn’t get a great deal of use out of the iron last summer because of all the rain, but when we did use it the results confirm that smoothness and trueness improved.

"Surface performance achieved near-tournament levels with a significant increase in green speed by two feet, which STRI confirmed in a test. It’s much better than the vibrating rollers we used to use. We’re hoping it will help us cut back on mowing to improve sward health."

The GreensPro is one of several new arrivals at the 18-hole parkland course. Three new Greensmaster TriFlex 3400 greensmowers have improved quality of cut, said Ganning. The mowers were lighter and good for maintenance.

Other new mowers include MultiPro 5800-D dedicated sprayer. This "brought us right up to date in terms of health and safety and legislation - we used to have a sprayer mounted onto a Workman utility vehicle, but having a dedicated machine is superb".

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