Magalies Park, a time-share facility situated on the Hartebeespoort Dam with exceptional views of the Magaliesberg, is known for its top-notch golfing facilities. Golf Club Manager, William van Mierlo, has seen fit to invest in no fewer than 60 Precedent i2 Electric Club Cars from Smith Power Equipment to update his fleet of rental golf carts.
Magalies Park’s operation began in 1986 as time-share accommodation. Today, it boasts 186 units serviced by 212 members of staff, complemented by entertainment, squash, tennis, fishing, boating, volleyball, bird watching and, of course, golfing facilities. Under the management of First Resort Management Company, which oversees the running of 52 resorts in the country, continual maintenance and upgrades are an essential part of successful business.
Magalies Park Golf Course
The Magalies Park Golf Course, managed by William van Mierlo, is a well-run, successful operation in its own right, holds a large dedicated membership and plays host to a significant number of visitor rounds per year. “Upgrading facilities is key to retaining our existing clients and in attracting new visitors to the park,” says van Mierlo. “Over the past five years, we’ve upgraded all of our facilities at the park, including the chalets, common areas, the water park and the golf course.”
Part of the upgrades to the golf course included investing in a new fleet of golf carts for rental. Van Mierlo, whose relationship with the team at Smith Power Equipment (SPE) spans nearly a decade, made the call to buy in 60 electric Club Car Precedent i2s for the fleet overhaul. “Based on prior purchase experience and after sales service from the SPE team through the National Sales Manager for the Turf Division, Stephen Mangold, there was no contest as to where we’d be buying our equipment,” says van Mierlo.
Setting a precedent
The Precedent i2 from Club Car represents top of class in terms of both design and performance for golf cars, and with great success in the market, it is considered the best in its league.
The Precedent i2 comes with all-round bumper, ergonomically designed seats and is comfortable, safe and stable wherever it is used. “It’s easy to see that the game of golf was top of mind in the development of the Precedent i2; the unit boasts a beautifully designed interior with extra storage space and the Monsoon TopTM sends water away from the occupants and to a generous bagwell,” van Mierlo remarks.
The 60 electric Club Cars were delivered to Magalies Park in June 2017 and were selected based on their quiet operations, due to the need to maintain the tranquillity of the park for visitors. The Precedent i2 also comes in a petrol model with the best-in-class EFI (electronic fuel injection) engine, for additional power, enhanced reliability and lower maintenance costs, and boasts an AlumicoreTM Frame structure for an enhanced life span.
“The usual steel frames used as the ‘skeleton’ for most golf carts have a tendency rust over time,” says van Mierlo. “But the Precedent i2’s frame is different; it can withstand the harshest and most humid conditions. With this in mind, we can rest easy in the knowledge that our golf carts will perform better and last longer,” he adds.
On the convenience of doing business with SPE, van Mierlo comments, “I know that whether it is a part I urgently need, or even a machine I might urgently need, I make one phone call and I know the guys at SPE won’t let me down.”
“The high number of rounds that are played on our course could never be sustained if we were to hike our prices, particularly as the economy has seen fewer golfers playing less often,” says van Mierlo, concluding, “Our industry is tough and out-of-the-box thinking is the only way to survive the day-to-day impact of the economy on how people choose to spend their money, so we need to be smart about how we spend ours. We’ve definitely done right by our business and customers by not only investing in 60 Precedent i2 Club Cars, but in partnering with SPE.”
About Smith Power Equipment
Smith Power Equipment (SPE), a division of Smith Mining Equipment (Pty) Ltd., is an importation and distribution company representing leading global brands in the specialist machinery, turf maintenance and off-road vehicle market.
Distributed throughout South Africa by a comprehensive dealer network, these products come with full after sales service and support. Parts are provided for all SPE-distributed products.
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