Royal Johannesburg: A carefully planned fleet replacement programme over the past five years – facilitated by close consultation between supplier, Smith Power Equipment, and client – has helped retain the legendary repute that The Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Course has always been renowned for throughout its rich, century-long golfing history in South Africa.
Situated northwest of Johannesburg’s hustling city centre sets one of the most famed golf clubs in South African history – The Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf. In over a century of South African golfing history, few clubs, if any, are able to replicate a heritage like that of the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.
In a deal that restates the significance of long-term business relationships, as part of its fleet replacement programme, Serengeti Golf Club has taken delivery of a large fleet of Toro turf maintenance gearfrom Smith Power Equipment, a South African importation and distribution company representing leading global brandsin the specialist machinery, turf maintenance and off-road vehicle market.
No matter what type of business you are into, you need to establish and maintain business relationships. The world is filled with people, not just products and consumers, and it is the connection between people that creates trust and long-term relationships.
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.