Over 150 British Open golfers will be vying for glory on the green this weekend at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. To get the course in shape for the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the golf course staff looked to Toro mowers.
For the past 10 years, the course has had an exclusive contract with Toro, and they renewed in 2013 for five more years, which brought 10 new eco-friendly mowers to the links.
One of the century-old company’s models used in the run-up to the British Open was the TriFlex hybrid mower, which the course started using as a demo product in 2011.
“I prefer the new riding position, the onboard diagnostics are very useful for our mechanics and I like the whole concept of removing the hydraulics from the cutting units, which virtually eliminates hydraulic leaks,” course manager Craig Gilholm said. “We’ve got two for our greens, plus another two for cutting our tees and surrounds.”
In addition the hybrid riding mower, the course also uses six of Toro’s all-electric eFlex walking mowers with brush attachments.
“These are a new concept to us, being all-electric,” Gilholm said. “We had three machines out cutting the other day and can do seven greens on a single charge per machine. According to Toro, we should be able to do up to nine greens without the attachment, so that’s impressive for a battery-powered machine.”