Course Maintenance

• AMS Robotics working to improve turf health with commercial size robotic mowing 

Sports facilities, large gardens and businesses across the UK have seen improved turf health with AMS’s robot technology. Clients both old and new have recognised the significant differences and improvements it has made to their outfields and maintenance methods. With the mowing capacity increased to up to 75,000m2, the sky is now the limit for robotic turf care. 

The lightweight Belrobotics mower provides frequent grass cutting, rain or shine, which minimises the impact on the turf. The tiny quick-composting clippings provide a constant source of fertilisation and moisture, resulting in beautifully dense turf. For sports facilities in particular, this improves the pitch’s overall ability to withstand a busy match schedule and hours of use. 

Pictured are two examples of areas in which you can see the comparison of the areas that the AMS robots manage and the areas which they don’t. Stirling University has one of the original large models, BigMow Connected, which has a mowing capacity of up to 24,000m2. These mowers work on a random cutting pattern and will mow the total area 3-5 times per week. This picture demonstrates the quality of the turf on the right managed by robots compared to the turf on the left, which is not. 

Another example of where the AMS robots have enhanced the quality of the grass is in this private client’s garden. The right hand side is managed by the AMS Robots and the left is not. This area is managed by the smaller robot, ParcMow, which has a mowing capacity of up to 14,000m2 3-5 times per week on a random mowing pattern. However, this robot is kitted with the latest GPS RTK technology which allows the robot to work on pattern and stripe mode, therefore the mowing capacity is increased up to 40,000m2 5-7 times per week - making the process smarter and more efficient.

AMS Robotics are pleased to announce their latest partnership with Turf Business as they come on as the latest sponsor for the Turf Force renovation at Highfield Rangers FC. AMS are thrilled to be supporting such a brilliant project. 

For all enquiries contact AMS on 01462 676 222 or sales@amsrobotics.co.uk

‘Trust and reliability’ cornerstones to Woburn Golf Club’s partnership with Club Car

Woburn Golf Club has extended its partnership with Club Car, the world’s largest manufacturer of small-wheel electric vehicles, by upgrading its fleet of golf vehicles to 40 new Tempo cars.

The 2019 AIG Women’s British Open host venue, which boasts three championship courses, has been a Club Car customer for 17 years, drawing on local dealer Oliver Landpower’s support, expertise and unmatched customer service since the first fleet was implemented in 2005.

“Time and again we rely on the quality and precision of Club Car’s products, which marry with our own brand ethos,” said Jason O’Malley, Woburn Golf Club Managing Director, who has been in his role since 2007.

“Whether you come to Woburn as a member, a guest or a visitor, you expect a high-calibre product – and that is exactly what you get with Club Car.”

He added: “With three courses accommodating approximately 75,000 rounds annually, our golf car fleet enables us to generate a significant commercial benefit, which substantiates our investment.”

 

With completely customisable options, including colour, seats, storage, wheels and three programmable drive modes to maximise performance, Club Car’s Tempo vehicle comes with a 3.3hp motor and 375 Amp controller as standard, which deliver outstanding hill-climbing power and acceleration.

“The partnership with Club Car is underpinned by the excellent relationship we enjoy with Oliver Landpower, whether it’s providing additional vehicles for corporate days or assisting with maintenance and repairs. The support we receive is a huge factor in our decision-making process when considering a vehicle supplier,” concluded Jason O’Malley.

The Bedfordshire estate, which is located fifty miles northwest of central London and hosted the 2015 British Masters when the long-standing tournament returned to the tour, has also invested in three marshal vehicles to help manage the flow of golfers.

Club Car supplies many of the world’s leading golf destinations with its wide range of vehicles, and is an official supplier to the DP World Tour, the 2023 Ryder Cup, the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) and St Andrews Links Trust.

For more information on Club Car visit: www.clubcar.com

For more information on Woburn Golf Club visit: https://www.woburngolf.co.uk

 Two Toro Award Winners Selected as Volunteers for The Open

To be selected is a honour like no other and two previous winners of the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Awards have been successful in gaining a place as a volunteer at the 150th Open at St Andrew’s in July. 

The 2018 winner Daniel Ashelby from Reddish Vale Golf Club and last year’s winner Matthew Milligan from Rudding Park will help prepare the Old Course’s famous fairways for the international event at the home of golf.

When it comes to the opportunities that come with winning the decades old competition – and to shine a light on the fact that there is still time to make nominations into the 2022 event – we talk to Daniel Ashelby about what’s happened to him since being crowned champion four years ago.

“Since winning I’ve gone onto be head man at Hartford Golf Club in Cheshire and now I’m working at my dream club. Both roles have given me some absolutely fantastic experiences. At Hartford, during the pandemic, I was running the course by myself and that taught me to trust my instincts and put so much of what I’d learnt over the years into practice.”

Attending Massachusetts Winter School for Turf Managers as part of his prize for winning the Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award set off a passion for education and Daniel is now in his final year of his degree in golf course management. 

With educational, international, all-expenses-paid prizes for the winners, runners up and nominators, there’s nothing to lose by nominating your best candidates into the 2022 competition. 

And of course the future opportunities for the winners are endless, as Daniel says: “All the networking, learning experiences and personal development that transpire from winning the award have contributed greatly to me being in this position now.

“Being selected as a volunteer for The Open is literally a dream come true. Only those who have the right attitude, skills, ambition and qualifications succeed, and I do think winning the award had a role to play in this. There’s a correlation to the type of people I’ve met on the journey and the paths I’ve been put on that have led here. They go hand in hand.”

So what about those lecturers and employers who think they have a shining star in their midst? What would Daniel say to those those people who have the power to change one of their students or employees lives?

“Just do it. Putting that person’s name in the hat is the first step to opening up a world of possibilities and opportunities,” he says. “And if you’re thinking about nominating somone you’ve nominated before, do that too! Don’t let them feel knocked back if it didn’t work out the first time. Since then that person has grown up, evolved and has a better chance than ever before.”

Nominations into the 2022 Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Awards can be made now until 31 May online at BIGGA. This year’s finals will be held on 5-6 September.