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Smooth in the rough


Golf has been played on the links at Elie since the 16th century, making it one of the oldest golfing tracts - in the country. The Golf House Club Elie, set in the beautiful East Neuk of Fife just 12 miles from the Home of Golf at St Andrews, has seen the arrival of several new John Deere machines to help improve the course maintenance regime, particularly in the rough.

Supplied by local dealer Double A Trading of Cupar, a new 8800A rough mower with TechControl display followed the purchase of two 7500 fairway mowers and three 2500B triplex greens mowers. The machines are used across 27 holes, including the 9-hole Elie Sports Club pay-and-play course, plus a driving range and bowling green.

Club secretary Gordon Fleming comments that the rough cut was taking too much time, the greens staff here hadn't used a ride-on rough mower for years, and the existing rear articulated mower wasn't coping as well as a dedicated machine would.

"If youre cutting large open areas it's fine with a trailed machine, but with all the tight turns and reversing needed on this course, good manoeuvrability is vital, especially around the bunkers. Previously we cut around these with fairway mowers, but they aren't really designed for such tight turns, whereas the new 8800A can do it without marking, it's proved ideal for our site.

"We have a good relationship with Double A, who gave us a demonstration of the 8800A,it defined everything well, and was highly manoeuvrable. This was also the first time the greens staff had used the new TechControl system, the ability to control speed and the way the machines are operated is very useful. Good presentation is essential, and it introduces an element of consistency that otherwise may not be possible.

"The course here has a variety of topography compared with other links courses, with the soil being slightly heavy and the grasses a little on the coarse side, so the new mower has to be able to cope with everything. The John Deere equipment fits in well with our overall approach to course maintenance."

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