As part of its routine fleet replacement programme, Hermanus Golf Club has acquired a total of seven machines from Smith Power Equipment, a South African importer and distributor of leading global specialist machinery, turf maintenance equipment and off-road vehicles.
With its unparalleled scenic beauty, modern infrastructure, upmarket shops and endless adventure options, it’s little wonder that Hermanus, a seaside town southeast of Cape Town, has grown in size and popularity during the last decade.
Situated in the picturesque Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Pearl Valley is one of the most professionally run golf facilities in the country. The superb layout and the consistently excellent course condition is good enough for any pro playing the game!
To maintain this condition Pearl Valley uses many TORO products including greens and fairway mowers, bunker rakes and TORO HoverPRO 500 lawnmowers of which they recently purchased four units.
TORO, distributed in South Africa by Smith Power Equipment (SPE), has launched the TORO Reelmaster 5010H, the first and only fairway mower with a true hybrid drive system. “Its uniquely efficient operation saves 20% fuel on average while producing plenty of power to perform in the toughest turf conditions,” says SPE’s Mark Viljoen.
TORO’s hybrid innovation starts with its exclusive PowerMatch™ technology, which monitors operating conditions in real time and then uses the mower’s 24.8hp Kubota diesel engine in concert with an in-line motor generator and a self-recharging 48-volt battery pack to provide seamless power to the vehicle and cutting units.
New Toro vacuum rake (Rake-O-Vac) beggars beleaf collects circa 100m³ of leaves per day at River Club.
The new Toro Rake-O-Vac vacuum rake is raking in compliments from all and sundry! Recently delivered to the prestigious River Club Golf Club in Sandton, Gauteng, it has, according to course manager Frikkie Potgieter “made a huge difference to the cleanliness of the course.”
“At this time of the year especially we have a problem with leaves as we have so many trees on the course. The Rake-O-vac easily collects 20 – 30 loads of leaves and other debris per day and the difference it makes to the condition of the course is huge,” he says.
Smith Power Equipment (SPE) has announced that the recent long-term agreement between St Andrews Links Trust and The Toro Company will ensure that Toro® equipment and irrigation will be used to maintain all seven courses for years to come.
The new contract names Toro as official partner and provider of turf equipment and irrigation products to St Andrews Links (SAL). It is the culmination of an extensive 18-month review process in which greenkeepers tested a full range of equipment from several competitive brands on all seven of the Links public courses.
Every year The Toro Company evaluates each of the company’s many worldwide distributors on performance, business health, customer care and customer service. Only the very best are considered for to be worthy of consideration of the main award, and the eventual winners can consider themselves to be on top of their games.
Smith Turf, a division of Smith Power, was awarded with Toro’s prestigious Distributor of Excellence Award, the second time that the South African company has been deemed worthy of this honour. Toro’s Distributor of Excellence Award was first introduced in 1984, to recognise the highest performers among the company’s distributors. The giant manufacturer of turf maintenance equipment has approximately 50 distributors in the US, and 100 international distributors spread over 90 countries.
Magalies Park’s William van Mierlo has recently made a substantial addition to his fleet of Toro maintenance machines, as well as adding to his utility vehicles which were purchased from Smith Turf.
Magalies Park Golf Club is one of the more successful golf operations, with a large membership and a sizeable number of visitor rounds. William van Mierlo, the club manager who began his career in golf as a course superintendent, doesn’t think twice when it comes to deciding which course maintenance equipment to purchase.
Smith Power Equipment (SPE), distributors of TORO grounds and turf equipment in Southern Africa has announced the arrival in South Africa of one of TORO’s finest utility vehicles, the Workman GTX series.
SPE’s Stephen Mangold says that the Workman GTX is of such quality that it represents the future of easy, efficient and economical operation on golf courses, parks, farms, small-holdings and anywhere where carrying materials over unusual terrain is required.
A number of courses have changed their methodology of greens mowing a decision largely based on economics. John Botha looks at whether there is really that much difference between the quality of cut between ride-on and walk-behind mowers.
It is interesting to see just how many golf courses in South Africa and abroad have decided to swap their walking greens mowers for the ride-on triplexes in recent times. A decision such as this is obviously not taken lightly, when we are talking about the most valuable square meterage on a golf course.
Changing to Club Car is quite common these days and Bryanston Country Club (BCC) can now be added to this fast-growing list. Club Car is distributed in South Africa by Smith Power equipment (SPE).
As part of BCC’s latest equipment upgrade programme, it recently took delivery of a range of new equipment from SPE. The equipment includes 22 Club Car electric golf carts; 2 x Toro Reelmaster 5510 fairway mowers, a Toro Greensmaster 3400 tee mower and a Redexim Turf Tidy fairway sweeper.