Bought on a three-year finance lease as a like-for-like replacement for the club's previous fleet, the equipment is used to maintain not only Woodbury Park's 27-hole parkland golf course but also its full-size football pitch and grounds.
"I think the finance package is the best way to go," said Woodbury Park's golf course & estate manager Ian Chenery. "We get the benefit of a full warranty, and changing the fleet every three years gives us almost trouble-free course maintenance."
The club's first John Deere fleet includes a 260SL walk-behind tees mower, three 2500B triplex greens mowers, two 8700A fairway mowers, an 8800A semi-rough mower and a 1600T wide area rotary mower plus two XUV 855D and two HPX Gator 4x4 utility vehicles, a ProGator fitted with an HD200 amenity turf sprayer and a 1200A bunker rake.
Chenery said he has been impressed with the equipment's performance on the course. "The fairway and greens mowers give us the best finish, as the groomers lift the grass before it is cut, and the greens mowers maintain a consistent evenness of cut, as the pivot system enables the cutting units to follow undulations.
"The new TechControl computer on the A Model fairway and semi-rough mowers is also very good – surface damage is minimal as the course manager can set the turning speed, as well as the forward and transport speeds. And the machinery has performed reliably; there have been teething problems but that always happens with new equipment and it hasn't been a major issue.The club has used equipment from all the other leading manufacturers and now wants to see how John Deere performs, he said.
Dealership Masons Kings and their turf sales consultant Lee Kirk worked on the deal, offering the best price and providing training for two club mechanics every year for the full term of the lease, Chenery said.
"This is important as, in addition to the training, it enables them to keep up-to-date with any new features John Deere introduces on its machines."
He added: "If the equipment works as well in three years' time as it does now we'll certainly go with John Deere again."