Celebrated golf course goes hybrid to save fuel costs and improve cut

A course recently rated the best in Ireland has bought diesel-electric hybrid greens mower to improve cut and save on fuel costs.

Royal County Down Golf Club, ranked the number one course in Ireland by Golf Digest Ireland magazine, is trying out its Jacobsen Eclipse mower on the 36-hole course in the Murlough Nature Reserve stretching along the shores of Dundrum Bay.

Links manager Eamonn Crawford said: "the adjustable clip rate lets me change the clip rate throughout the seasons to suit growing conditions at any given time. I’m hoping we will be able to increase the height of cut while maintaining green speed.

"I’m also looking to improved fuel economy; the smaller diesel engine uses much less fuel and I like the idea of being able to vary the clean-up pass using a combination of the three cutting units, which all lift and lower independently."

Brodericks (Northern Ireland) supplied the kit.

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