Wednesday, 06 October 2021
Fife’s Lundin Links Ladies Golf Club has retired a large tractor and out-front rotary mower and replaced them with an ISEKI TM 3267 compact tractor and a Wessex International CRX 180 multicut mower.
Head Greenkeeper, Kenny Peebles, who looks after the James Braid designed nine-hole course with only the help of seasonal assistant, Helen Thompson, took delivery of the new duo from local dealer Fairways GM at Kinross in September.
“The new machines will make a world of difference,” said Kenny Peebles, “not least because together they bring the latest technology. On their very first outing on the semi-rough you noticed immediately the quality of the cut, so much finer and more professional."
“Helen took to it very quickly; previously everything was in front of you, now its behind you, but you adapt instantly. It’s incredibly easy, even on the undulations. The Wessex will still be out once a week on the semi-rough for a few weeks yet, however, with the roller, you have the option to stripe it or present the turf in different ways. The standard of finish is excellent."
“On the ISEKI, the hydrostatic function was very important, particularly as we are a course with many undulations, changing speed and direction when we mow. The beauty of it though is we can use different implements – team it with a scarifier, a brush or a rake. It will easily become our most-used fleet machine, clocking up more hours than anything else.”
Mike Lindsay, Fairways GM’s Area Sales Manager said: “Kenny’s brief for a light footprint tractor to suit the Wessex pointed him straight to the ISEKI TM 3267, a 25 hp and 3-speed hydrostatic. Versatility was key, at least six months of the year he is a lone worker, so needs to switch implements without fuss and be able to manoeuvre it anywhere and everywhere. It might be small but it’s powerful. The CRX brings the professional cutting standard he specified as well as a host of presentation styles. The Fairways GM base is within easy reach, so it all worked out well.”
Lundin Links Ladies GC is Scotland’s oldest ladies club, dating back to 1891. A very welcoming club, since lockdown, its membership has been boosted to over 180 lady members plus more than 80 gentlemen holders of season and junior tickets.