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.
The instantly recognizable Toro range of equipment in red livery can be seen operating on premier golf courses around the world. Lionel Coetzee of Smith Power Equipment, the agent for the famous brand. talks to Golf Industry SA.
Any major supplier to the golf business is well-qualified to make an educated assessment regarding the overall well being of golf clubs. Despite the fact that almost everyone in the golf industry believes that we are in for a tough time, Lionel Coetzee, a director of Smith Power, remains upbeat. “We are fortunate in having the unwavering support of our suppliers, and Toro USA together with other manufacturers do everything in their power to ensure that we have excellent backup,” he says. “Of course having healthy relationships with the people within our industry is so important.”
Bryanston Country Club (BCC) is not only one of the most beautiful and organised clubs in the country it is also one of the most successful. Today, while many golf courses are struggling because of diminishing rounds and the ever-increasing expenses required to run a golf course, BCC continues to prove it’s the exception.
Most agree that BCC’s manager, Paul Leishman (above), has a lot to do with it. When he arrived at BCC five years ago the club was making a minor loss. This year, his fifth year at the helm, the club will have made a profit of in excess of three million Rand before Capex.
Smith Power Equipment (SPE) specialises in high-ticket capital equipment for farmers that includes tractors, quad bikes, generators, forklifts, golf utility vehicles and golf carts and according to SPE communications officer, Robert Keir, the importance of creative financial solutions and good service from the finance house in closing the deal is often underestimated.
“I have seen the power of creative financial solutions from Merchant West time and again. Today one has to accept that there is basic product parity in the market and the so-called extraneous factors like service and financial solutions that fit the customers’ needs are most often the factors the ultimately make or break the deal. In this regard we owe Merchant West a significant debt of gratitude,” says Keir.
The Els Club at Copperleaf is a big place – big in size, big in beauty, big in character and big in success. But this is not surprising as connected to this exciting golf development in Centurion near Pretoria are a number of really big names like Investec Bank; the ‘Big Easy’ Ernie Els – one of the great golfers of all time and South Africa’s most popular golfer; Toro and Club Car – amongst the famous brands in golf course equipment; and the man directing it all on a day-to-day basis Dave Usendorff – one of the legends of local golf.
On the northern border of Lesotho lies Clarens, one of the most charming towns in all of South Africa. And in that town is the Clarens Golf Estate, whose renowned beauty, according to its GM Francois Schoeman, is achieved, in part, with the help of his range of TORO equipment that he uses to cut the lawns, mow the greens, keep the rough trim and the fairways shipshape!
Cornering the Utility Market – Smith Power Equipment claims to offer the most comprehensive range of utility vehicles. GCM looks at the history of this company and the reason why it has become a major player in the industry.
Smith Power Equipment, perhaps best known as the importer and supplier of the premium Toro brand, is a division of Smith Mining Equipment, where the team has earned an enviable reputation in the golf industry and other industries. Besides offering a number of marquee brands, the company prides itself on offering unbeatable service.