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Thu 03 December 2020
In an uncertain climate, one thing general manager Neil Hampton at Royal Dornoch in Scotland knows with certainty in choosing Toro again, is that quality and consistency will continue, which for a Championship course is non-negotiable. He says: "Regardless of what is going on in the world, one thing that has remained the same for 400 years is our dedication to providing our members and players with golfing excellence."
"Toro is tried and tested on the remote links landscape here and we see no reason to change that especially when Toro's dedication to innovation and technology stills leads the way."
Neil refers specifically to the four Toro Greensmaster eTriFlex 3370 electric greens mowers included in the club's latest order: "As a club it's very important for us to be as green as we can as often as we can. The team tried the electric greens mowers in a demo and were unanimously impressed, plus you know with Toro that any new machine has been tested to the nth degree. There were absolutely no negatives in choosing these electric machines to take over the important frontline mowing on our greens."
Continuing the green theme in the rest of the order are four of the environmentally friendly hybrid Reelmaster 5010-H fairway mowers and eight electric utility vehicles, the Workman GTXe with lithium-ion battery. Neil says: "Our greens and fairway mowers are used a lot and it is of the utmost importance that they perform to their best at all times. We've never noticed a difference between the environmentally friendly machine option or diesel, apart from the obvious noise and fuel mess.
"We have a fantastic relationship with Reesink in that they understand how we work, what works best for us and what we want out of a deal. For example, we have a great system for the replacement and buy-back of our used machinery. Our used machines have a lot of life left in them and it's only right that they go on doing a great job somewhere else."
Heading into 2021 what does Neil see on the horizon? "Looking at the positives from 2020, the year Royal Dornoch got voted as Scotland's Best Golf Course by the World Golf Awards, the break from play during growing season has given the course an unexpected rest, there's been little to no wear and tear and it's looking and playing wonderfully. The team had the chance to undertake jobs such as overseeding that you wouldn't normally do in the peak season and it means we go into 2021 with the course in the ultimate shape."
"With international travel hopefully opening up earlier than expected perhaps in the spring, it means our 700 overseas members can resume their play here which will be fantastic. In the meantime, we've always been proud to be a course accessible for all. For 400 years our doors have been open to everyone and in 2021 that will be hugely important; we all know the huge benefits a round of golf can bring."
And with Toro aiding the 19-strong greenkeeping team in tending the 36-hole course means it will provide the best possible environment, not just in terms of its beauty and playability, but its carbon footprint too. The future is decidedly green at Royal Dornoch!