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Wessex CRX makes cutting faster for Mull of Kintyre’s Dunaverty GC

Head Greenkeeper, Jonathan Barbour, right, and deputy, Campbell MacBrayne, at Dunaverty Golf Club enjoy a spectacular backdrop when they go about their business. Their course is situated by the village of Southend, in a glorious setting on the south coast of the Kintyre peninsula. A 360° of their natural links course shows Sanda Island to the south, Ailsa Craig and Ayrshire to the east and Northern Ireland to the southwest.

Last month they took delivery of a Wessex International CRX 320 sports turf mower, specifically for their rough and semi rough to replace a 25-year-old machine.

Marketed as Wessex’s most nimble, smooth and ground hugging machine to date, according to Jonathan Barbour, Wessex have that just about right.

“So far, so good,” he said. “At demo we specifically tried it over our undulations. It passed that test and now it’s here, it does everything we need. We’re enjoying a high quality of cut, even in the damp. The rollers are impressive and make for a neat finish.”

The rough and semi-roughs are cut once a week and, thanks to the 3.2 m width and newer machine, Jonathan and Campbell can cut the whole course in six hours instead of eight.

“When there’s only two managing 18 holes, those two saved hours make a vital difference. We’ve also now got cover if anything should happen to our fairways mower; another huge positive.”

Stuart Cameron, from dealer Fairways GM’s Inchinnan depot, who installed the CRX 320 and delivered familiarisation training, said:

“Dunaverty truly deserves its ‘hidden gem’ status. It’s an amazing place to attend. It’s not just a fun test for golfers, but some elevations make it a real test for machines, too, and the CRX 320 is a great match.”

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