I had the fantastic opportunity to work in this interesting country between 2002 and 2007. For the previous 10 years I had worked at Marriott Dalmahoy near Edinburgh Scotland where I had combined a fairly hectic tournament playing schedule with a fair amount of coaching. At the end of the playing season 2002 I was approached to see whether I would be interested to take up a position in Croatia near the capital city of Zagreb. Having discussed the opportunity with my wife we decided it would be interesting to live in a different country and as the kids were not due to start school for two years we had the possibility to be adventurous.
FEGGA Bringing Together People and Organisations to their Conference in Copenhagen
The Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Associations (FEGGA) recently held their annual Conference in the northern European city of Copenhagen. The conference brought together some 44 organisations from Europe and beyond with an agenda filled with many of the pertinent subjects challenging the golf industry today. The Conference was held at two venues this year; this first day was held at the wonderful and unique setting of Copenhagen Golf Club, where the delegates were treated to a tour of the golf course following a busy seminar schedule. The second day was held at the Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel, which provided excellent facilities for the formalities of the seminar day, along with other meetings coming under the umbrella of the FEGGA Conference.
COMMONSENSE GREENKEEPING Not so common?
“There are not many golf courses being run with an open cheque book and a fulfilled greenkeeping wish list”
Terry Farkin, Course Manager at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club, and golf course maintenance advisor, wants to see a
more commonsense approach to greenkeeping and suggests that giving in to the golfers with big egos is not the way to go.
STONE ME! Greenkeepers learn new skills
With an old dry stone wall at Mold Golf Club in
Flintshire falling into disrepair, Head
Greenkeeper Colin Jones and his staff enrolled
on a college course to learn how to restore it to
its former glory using traditional methods
NEW JACOBSEN HYBRID GREENS MOWERS MOVE INTO SOUTHWEST ENGLAND
02-02-2011 Significant fuel savings at Wheathill Golf Club
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (January 31, 2011) Sales of the latest hybrid ride-on greens mower from Ransomes Jacobsen, the Eclipse 322, have begun to penetrate into the southwest of England with deliveries to Wheathill Golf Club in Somerset and Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club by local dealer, MST of Tiverton. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
THE PRESTIGIOUS GOLF NATIONAL DE FRANCE SELECTS JACOBSEN EQUIPMENT
02-06-2010 Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (June 2, 2010) “Le Golf National de France” has selected a fleet of Jacobsen golf mowers for its golf courses located at Guyancourt in the Yvelines department south-west of Paris. The equipment has been supplied by the local distributor of Ransomes Jacobsen France, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd. a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
SPECIALIST TURF MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT REQUIRED AT NINE HOLE LINKS COURSE IN HOLLAND
03-11-2010 Bomb craters are a major feature and require dedicated equipment
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (November 3, 2010) Ransomes Jacobsen’s distributor for The Netherlands, Van der Pols, has provided specialist turf maintenance equipment for a unique golf course situated on the south-west coast of the country. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company
National Golf Federations Align in International Sustainability Drive
Scotland, April 2010 – Five of the world's most proactive Golf Federations are the first to announce their commitment to multiply the social and environmental benefits of golf and synchronize their sustainability programmes and recognition internationally through multi-year partnerships with the Golf Environment Organization (GEO).
THE NEW GP400 RIDE-ON GREENS MOWER FROM RANSOMES JACOBSEN
04-11-2010 Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (November 4, 2010) Ransomes Jacobsen, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company and one of the leading manufacturers of golf course maintenance equipment worldwide, has announced the launch of the Jacobsen GP400 ride-on triplex greens mower. Replacing the popular G-Plex III, the GP400 continues the innovation synonymous with Jacobsen name. Production begins in December and the first machines will be available early in 2011.
Take the Primo Maxx Fairway Challenge – with the chance to win a trip to Las Vegas
Golf course managers and greenkeepers are being invited to take part in The Primo Maxx Fairway Challenge, to witness the fairway quality improvement from a summer programme of Primo Maxx and the new water soluble fertilizer from Scotts, Sportsmaster WSF High N. The Primo Maxx Challenge is backed by a ‘money-back’ guarantee, and there’s the chance to win a trip to the Golf Industry Show (GIS) in Las Vegas 2012.
Wood on course!
Jonathan Wood, Course Manager at Enville Golf Club, is one of the newly formed Midlands Gingerbread Men. Here, he talks about the
ongoing work being undertaken on the two courses, one of which is used as a regional qualifier for The Open.
RANSOMES JACOBSEN INTRODUCES ELECTRIC VERSION OF ECLIPSE 322 GREENS MOWER
08-12-2010 Operating costs reduced by up to 86% Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (December 8, 2010) Ransomes Jacobsen, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company and one of the leading manufacturers of golf course maintenance equipment worldwide, has introduced the latest edition of its revolutionary greens mower, the Jacobsen Eclipse 322 in an all-electric format. Production has begun and the new derivative is available to order now.
RANSOMES JACOBSEN EQUIPMENT MAINTAINS GOLF COURSE AT FIVE STAR LUTON HOO HOTEL
Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa is a luxury five star resort, located within an historic Grade 1 listed property painstaking restored by the owners, Elite Hotels. Facilities include an
18-hole golf course, a magnificent spa and over 1000 acres of parkland and gardens created by Capability Brown. The 7,107 yard, par 73 golf course is one of the longest courses in the UK and is maintained with a selection of Ransomes Jacobsen equipment supplied by local dealer, Ernest Doe and Sons Ltd of Benington. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company.
THE LAST JACOBSEN G-PLEX III GREENS MOWER ROLLS OFF THE PRODUCTION LINE AT IPSWICH
It was the end of an era recently when the last G-Plex III ride-on greens mower rolled off the Ransomes Jacobsen production line at their Ipswich manufacturing facility. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and one of the leading manufacturers of golf course maintenance equipment.
BRAY GOLF CLUB’S WIDE AREA ROTARY MOWER MASTERS HILLY TERRAIN
Bray Golf Club, set in 200 acres of rolling parkland between Bray Head and the Sugar Loaf Mountain with magnificent views of Killiney Bay and the Wicklow mountains in Ireland, has recently purchased a Jacobsen
R-311T wide area rotary mower from local Ransomes Jacobsen dealer, Kevin Broderick Ltd. Ransomes Jacobsen is a major manufacturer of turf maintenance equipment and a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
Those two words can cause fear or excitement on the golf course. At the least they mean long hours for everyone, very early starts and for me personally, very late finishes as I’m mostly the last to leave. It has been known for me not to leave at all, preferring to sleep in my truck ready for the next day’s early start.
Rotary Mower Blades
As part of our regular quest for the perfect aftercut appearance, we diligently sharpen and maintain the blades on our rotary cutting units. We make sure that the blades are sharp and able to provide the cleanest cut possible to continuously chase that perfect aftercut appearance. But are you also aware that there are a couple other areas of the blade that need to be checked to make sure that the blades are structurally sound and also to make sure that there is no other condition with the blade that can make the entire machine require more power to operate and decrease the overall efficiency of the unit.
Links Golf- An Explanation
The term links golf is widely used around the world, and not always understood by those who do use it. In its homeland, the United Kingdom and Ireland, the term “links-land” refers to those sandy landforms that form a link between the sea, and the richer, agricultural inland soils.
RANSOMES JACOBSEN CONTINUES TO INVEST IN NEW PRODUCTS DESPITE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN
Ransomes Jacobsen and its affiliate company Jacobsen based in Charlotte, North Carolina, continue to invest in new products that demonstrate their unrivalled commitment to the sector, despite the economic downturn. Ransomes Jacobsen and Jacobsen are Textron Inc (NYSE:TXT) companies.
Proef uitzetten van horizontale regenwormen tegen wormenoverlast en voor drainage op Golf en Countryclub Edda Huzid
15-09-2010 8 december 2009 is er een proef gestart bij Golf & Countryclub Edda Huzid.
Aanwezig bij de proef waren:
John van Hoesen, Hoofd Greenkeeper van Edda Huzid
Michiel van de Bor, Greenkeeper van Edda Huzid
Iris van der Arend, GreenGuard.
Omstandigheden tijdens de proef:
Het was een koude bewolkte miezerige dag.
Door de weersomstandigheden van de laatste tijd (veel neerslag) waren er veel drassige plekken.
IT’S A SHAW THING!
Roger Shaw is a man on a mission, his goal
is simply to develop and deliver a high
quality golfing facility. However, when will it
be considered finished? To date he has
spent every day of the last sixteen years
dedicated to the cause!
Laurence Gale MSc walks the course
Core products go back to the roots of Groundsman Industries
Groundsman Industries celebrate two decades since the inception of their unique elliptical plunge action mechanism now used in their range of pedestrian and tractor mounting turf aerators which have carved a reputation for simplicity, performance and reliability.
RANSOMES JACOBSEN SPONSORSHIP HELPS MORE TALENTED YOUNG SPORTS PEOPLE
16-04-2010 Ipswich, Suffolk (April 16, 2010) Ransomes Jacobsen, the Ipswich-based turf maintenance equipment manufacturer, continues to sponsor the Suffolk SportsAid Foundation with two young Suffolk athletes, Joe Bloomfield and Keiran Clements, receiving grants to help fund their training as they progress their careers at national level. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
First GreenCast Turf Talk Live Forum on-line
Whilst the political leaders go head to head on matters of the economy and public services, turf managers can get instant answers to more pressing questions of options to enhance turf quality this spring, with the inaugural GreenCast Turf Talk Live Forum on Wednesday 21 April.
NEW RANSOMES JACOBSEN EQUIPMENT FOR THE BLAIRGOWRIE GOLF CLUB
17-03-2010 Ipswich, Suffolk (March 17, 2010) The greenkeeping team at The Blairgowrie Golf Club in Perthshire have taken delivery of new golf course maintenance equipment from Ransomes Jacobsen’s dealer for Scotland, Fairways GM of Kinross. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
GREEN FUTURE FOR GOLF DEVELOPMENT
The Golf Environment Organization (GEO) has published guidance for the sustainable development and renovation of golf facilities. Designed to support a wide audience including the international golf development community, plus government, environment and community-based organizations, the document sets out practical ideas to help golf projects comprehensively and consistently deliver against the mainstream sustainability agenda.
GEO CERTIFICATION FOR RANSOMES JACOBSEN’S THREE-HOLE GOLF COURSE
18-03-2010 Ipswich, Suffolk (March 18, 2010) Ransomes Jacobsen’s three-hole golf course, located at their European headquarters on the outskirts of Ipswich, has been certified by the Golf Environment Organization (GEO). The RJ National joins some illustrious company including courses at St Andrews, Gleneagles, Celtic Manor, Loch Lomond, Riviera Cancun in Mexico, the Montgomerie in Turkey and Klosters in Switzerland. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc (NSYE: TXT) company.
The good oil
Whether mineral or synthetic, the
quality of oil used in any machine
will have a major bearing on its
performance and life expectancy.
Here Royal Melbourne Golf Club
turf technician Luke Spartalis gives
the lowdown on the lifeblood of any
machine and poses the question –
mineral or synthetic?
ROYAL BELFAST GOLF CLUB’S PIONEERING APPROACH TO MAINTAINING STEEP SLOPES USING RANSOMES SPIDER MOWER
The oldest golf club in Ireland, the Royal Belfast, founded in 1881, has taken a pioneering approach to managing its steep banks and slopes with the introduction of a Ransomes Spider II remote controlled mower from local RANSOMES JACOBSEN dealer Broderick (Northern Ireland) Ltd. RANSOMES JACOBSEN is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
Model 1500 2-Hose Wash Water Recycling System
The Model 1500 is a 2-Hose wash water recycle system designed to handle the equipment washing needs of a turf care maintenance facility that requires 2 equipment wash stations for efficient operation.
RANSOMES JACOBSEN MOWER RIDES THE HIGH SEAS
Ransomes Jacobsen, the Ipswich-based turf maintenance equipment manufacturer, has supplied one of their newest state-of-the-art walk-behind mowers for an unusual application – mowing an extensive area of natural grass lawn on Celebrity Cruise Lines latest cruise ship, the Celebrity Solstice. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
RTJ - going to extraordinary lengths
David McGregor is a former intern of the Ohio State University programme (see issue 12). As part of the programme he worked on the US President's golf green at the White House and was seconded to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia, USA.
NEW E-Z-GO GOLF CARS FOR DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY GOLF CLUB
19-04-2010 Ipswich, Suffolk (April 19, 2010) Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club has purchased a fleet of four E-Z-GO RXV golf cars from their local dealer Rickerby Ltd of Carlisle. These latest buggies from the world’s largest golf car manufacturer, replace the club’s previous LPG-powered fleet and will be used by members and the increasing number of visitors to the 128-year old club. E-Z-GO is a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company
Kings Hill on trial!
It’s not often in one’s greenkeeping career that opportunities come along to be at the forefront of new technical innovations within our industry. Duncan Kelso, Course Manager at Kings Hill Golf Club, enjoyed the experience, as he explains.
‘THANK YOU’ TO GENESIS ORWELL MENCAP DURING VISIT TO RANSOMES JACOBSEN
A party of managers and team members from Genesis Garden Furniture, part of the Genesis Orwell Mencap organisation, visited Ransomes Jacobsen recently to receive a personal thank you from Managing Director David Withers, in recognition of their contribution supplying bespoke wooden furniture for the company’s three-hole golf course. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
New PhD research into turf stress
Research scientist Harry Mbah has been awarded the UK’s first PhD studying environment-related stress and its effects on turf plants. Funded by Syngenta and Harper Adams University College, with research support from STRI, the work will be an important step in providing practical solutions for turf managers.
The tide is high!
Royal West Norfolk Golf Club has a postal address of King's Lynn but is, as the crow flies, closer to Skegness on the other side of the Wash. It is a unique course in many ways, not least that the tide has a huge effect on getting to and from the golf course
SALDANA GOLF CLUB’S NEW E-Z-GO GOLF CAR FLEET
Saldana Golf Club, located six kilometres from Burgos in northern Spain, has recently purchased 16 of the latest electric E-Z-GO RXV golf cars from local distributor Green Mowers. E-Z-GO is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
JACOBSEN GREENS AND FAIRWAY MOWERS FOR MIDDLETON HALL GOLF CLUB
22-03-2010 Ipswich, Suffolk (March 22, 2010) Middleton Hall Golf Club, situated in a parkland setting within the former grounds of the 17th century Middleton Hall in the heart of Norfolk, has Jacobsen’s local dealer in Norfolk. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company. purchased course maintenance equipment from Bartrams Professional of Norwich, Ransomes
THE TIGER WOODS DUBAI CONTRACTS FOR £1.5 MILLION OF TURF MAINTENANCE MACHINERY
22-06-2009 Initial fleet of Ransomes Jacobsen golf course maintenance equipment and vehicles delivered
Ipswich, England: 22nd June, 2009 – The Tiger Woods Dubai, a member of Tatweer, today announced it has contracted Ransomes Jacobsen, the UK-based turf equipment manufacturer, to supply over AED 8 million (£1.5 million) worth of golf course maintenance equipment for its centrepiece, Al Ruwaya Golf Club, the first golf course design created by Tiger Woods Design. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
Yorkshire’s hidden gem...
The fifty-three bunkers, a multitude of burns,
and several streams running through the course
present varied maintenance challenges that are
no different to most other parkland courses
Operation Pollinator brings the golf course to life
Operation Pollinator is set to establish over 250 hectares of new habitat specifically designed to restore populations of bumblebees on golf courses. Utilising predominantly out of play areas on up to 500 clubs across the UK, Operation Pollinator aims to reverse the plight of the bumblebee and, at the same time, enhance the playing experience for golf clubs, along with proving commercial golf and the environment can co-exist on the same course.
JUST LIKE THAT! THE DEVELOPMENT OF A GOLF COURSE
Golf Course Designer, Jonathan Gaunt, gives us a
fascinating insight into the design and build of a
new course in Fes, the medieval capital of Morocco
and home to Tommy Cooper’s hat.
The language barrier, flat location on a flood plain
and redirecting a river were unique challenges for
the whole team as Jonathan explains
And here’s to you MR ROBINSON
Having had a ‘year out’ to travel around the world, Colin Robinson returned to take up the position of Course Manager at King’s Lynn Golf Club in Norfolk.
He talks to our editor about his plans for improving one of East Anglia’s finest courses.
Blinder Bunker Lining System Launches at BTME
The Blinder Bunker Liner Ltd, a new name in the golf industry, based in Ascot, Surrey, launched a new patented bunker lining system, Blinder, at the BTME Exhibition in Harrogate recently.
Aeration and play
The key to success on many golf courses depends on course utilisation. Many golf courses are experiencing revenue dropping in the following categories; clubhouse revenue vis-à-vis poorer bar takings and, membership fees. To compensate for that course managers are under pressure to keep greens open for play at all times. That puts considerable pressure on traditional course maintenance procedures such as aeration.
Spring movement to systemic fungicide
With warmer weather encouraging the onset of growth turf managers should move to fast acting systemic Banner Maxx to prevent disease infection of newly cut leaves.
Workshop technicians 3
I have a commissioning process for new machines that helps me to order parts and claim warrantees, when the machine may not be readily to hand and to record other information relevant to that machine that will be required at some time in the future. It goes something like this:
RANSOMES JACOBSEN CONTINUES SUPPORT FOR EUROGOLFJOBS.COM
27-05-2010 Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (May 26, 2010) Following a successful first year in bringing together employers and those seeking employment in the European golf sector, Eurogolfjobs.com has received a further year’s support from Ransomes Jacobsen, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company.
OPEN HOUSE AT RANSOMES JACOBSEN IS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS
29-09-2010 Turf maintenance industry visits Ipswich manufacturing facility
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (September 28, 2010) Ransomes Jacobsen, the Ipswich-based turf maintenance equipment manufacturer, threw open the gates to its European head office and invited the UK turf industry to an Open House event over two days in late September. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company.
Workshop Technicians (part 1)
Here at The Celtic Manor Resort we have a large, well equipped, well stocked workshop facility employing three mechanics and a workshop manager. That is to maintain and service machines for 54 holes, a large practice area, driving range, chipping greens, machines operated by various departments in the hotel and golf club plus the golf cart hire fleet and course ranger vehicles. There are sometimes not enough hours in the day and with such a large fleet of diverse machinery it is understandable why there is a considerable workforce to maintain it.
But what about the economics of employing in house mechanics as opposed to contracting out repairs and servicing?
In the past I have worked as a single handed mechanic on a large golf complex consisting of two golf courses and no hire fleet, that was a busy job and was only just manageable with machinery levels “only just there”, and by that I mean that there was very little flexibility for machinery down time.
Workshop Technicians (part2)
Here at The Celtic Manor Resort we keep a fairly large stock of parts to minimise down time but it can soon get out of hand if not carefully monitored, nonetheless it is essential to keep a certain amount of stock rather than working on a “just in time “ basis, which would work well if only we were clairvoyant.
The result of so much servicing is large amounts of “controlled waste”, oil filters, fuel filters, oil, grease cartridges, oily cloths, soak up pads and aerosols. Expand this still further with batteries, oil containers and drums, waste antifreeze, brake fluid and contaminated fuels the “controlled waste” becomes easier said than dealt with. We have an excellent company who removes all of the above items and generates the relevant paperwork to enable the correct audit trail to be maintained as legislation demands. This company also removes our waste chemical containers, gloves, spray suits and all other spraying related items, all this at a modest fixed annual cost for as many items as you need removed and as often as they need removing, I would recommend them to anyone. Tyre disposal is one thing they don’t touch and with a fleet as big as ours they are a problem. There are around 1000 potential punctures/tyre changes to deal with and the spent tyres soon mount up. It is essential to sort out their disposal sooner rather than later, your local tyre distributor may well dispose of two dozen tyres without too much hassle but one hundred may be another matter.