A long and productive relationship between Toro Australia and Melbourne’s Eastern Golf Club (EGC) is a critical component in the development of the Club’s impressive new course in the Yarra Valley, designed by Greg Norman.
Toro Australia has been working with the club since the project’s inception to supply and service a full range of turf care and irrigation equipment, including the myTurf® fleet management system and the Toro® Lynx® Central Control system backed by Toro’s National Support Network (NSN).
Staged development of the 27-hole course and 9-hole par-three course is continuing, with 18 holes opened in July 2015.
The new course has been designed to capture the stunning Yarra Valley views and will be one of the top-ranked courses in Australia. It will also feature a new clubhouse, conference facilities, boutique accommodation in the Yering Gorge cottages, a golf teaching academy and other attractions.
In addition to its supply and service role, Toro Australia is a corporate partner of the new course, enabling the company to utilise the facilities for conferences and accommodation.
Eastern Golf Club general manager Ben Telley said, the partnership with Toro Australia had been a major factor in the development of the new club.
“Toro has a very personal approach, and we have developed a strong relationship with them,” he said.
“At our previous course at Doncaster, we used a variety of product brands for course irrigation and equipment.
“This is the first time we have had a full suite of products and services from the one company, which has proved to be a successful approach for us,” Telley said.
“The connectivity between equipment and technology through the use of myTurf is critical for maintenance and fleet management to ensure peak productivity and return on the significant investment we have made.”
Turf equipment representative Michael Licht of Toro Australia said, the supply of equipment to the EGC includes, to date, 11 specialist mowers from the Groundsmaster®, Greensmaster® and Reelmaster® ranges, two sprayer units, nine utility vehicles, a tow-behind spreading unit, and even grinding machines for the club’s workshop, as well as the myTurf fleet management system.
“We are taking a phased approach to this project, as we supplied the club with ‘grow-in’ pre-used equipment for the early development of the course that we have gradually replaced with new equipment as the turf and course grows and develops,” Licht said.
“MyTurf allows the club superintendent and technician to accurately monitor their equipment fleet. The technology updates hours of use automatically for each piece of equipment as it enters and leaves the maintenance facility, alerting the technician when servicing is due and providing online access to manuals, reminders, support and the ability to order parts online.”
Toro Australia also supplied EGC with Foley grinding equipment to maintain the fleet of cylinder mowers, by keeping the cutting units sharp and returning them to manufacturer’s specifications for optimum performance. The company has a distribution arrangement with Foley, which is a market leader in this area.
“It has been extremely rewarding to have worked with the superintendent, Clayton Howell, and the club at their original location in Doncaster, through the concept and development stages for the new course and its construction,” Licht said.
Toro Australia irrigation regional manager, Chris Linklater-Williams, had been working with EGC on the new course for about a year prior to installing the Lynx Central Control System with a Toro GDC decoder system and more than 2,500 Toro® Flex800™ Series Sprinklers (formerly known as 835S and 855S sprinklers).
“We will continue working with the club over the next six months to provide comprehensive support,” Linklater-Williams said.
“It’s in keeping with our long-term approach to customer support, which continues for years after the installation is completed.