Thursday, 27 April 2023
Ayrshire’s Ballochmyle Golf Club has welcomed a new Wessex International CRX320 mower for its rough.
The Mauchline club took delivery of their 3.2 m wide golf and sports turf mower mid-April to replace a long-standing machine. All four greenkeepers attended installation training from Wessex International’s Steven Brown and Fairways GM’s Stuart Cameron.
“On demo it didn’t scalp any of our ‘rig and furrow’ and dealt well with all our slopes, so we knew it was the right purchase,” said Head Greenkeeper, Chris McGhee.
“As soon as we could, we cut all rough for its first ‘all-over’ mow of the season. We chose to ‘go low’ initially, cutting everywhere to 40 mm, making it uniform. Now, we’ll let it grow to 50 mm, our preferred height, and keep it there…”
“Immediately, many members started commenting how good the rough looked, so it’s off to an excellent start. We are predominantly on a hillside, but its proving to have a fantastic quality of cut.”
To begin with, Chris expects the CRX320 cutting most of the rough weekly, with four or five of the faster-growing ones receiving extra attention in between. Depending on sunshine and rain, come the peak summer months, an added run will be factored.
Ballochmyle’s Deputy Head Greenkeeper, John Wilson, will carry out the lion’s share of its work.
“We have places and difficult angles where John must reverse into cut. Many machines don’t cut well in reverse but what John’s noticed is that this is equally good going backwards and will save time and give more flexibility. Previously, we would have needed a small ride on mower to reach these areas.”
The popular parkland course is set deep in Robert Burns’ country and is around ten miles from Ayrshire’s famous golfing coast. Chris took up his post there in February 2021.