Greenkeeper hails benefits of hybrid mower that saves fuel costs, raises quality and fits club's "eco profile"

A golf club in south England has spent money to save money by buying a hybrid electric-diesel mower that creates faster greens and trims fuel costs by half, says its head greenkeeper.

Rob Hudson said Dyke Golf Club near Brighton on the South Downs bought the diesel-electric hybrid greens mower because it "aligned to its green principles" and resulted in the double benefit of good quality cut and economic use.

"We have run tests and it costs us £2.10p to cut all 18 greens compared to our previous greens mower, which cost us £5," he said of the Jacobsen Eclipse 322 machine. "That’s around a 60 per cent saving, which is significant and impressive.

"It has no hydraulic components so there’s zero chance of an accidental oil spillage; the fuel savings are impressive because it uses a much smaller engine than a traditional triplex greens mower."

Hudson said: "We are bordered by National Trust downland and actively managed farmland, which provides a haven for birds and other wildlife. We therefore place a high importance on course ecology. The Eclipse fits our eco profile, perfectly."

He added the kit, supplied by Ernest Doe, increased green speed at the same height of cut as previously used. Around 30 golfers commented on the quality and speed of the greens, said Hudson.

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