When Jason Connaughton took on the role of Course Manager, across the 27 holes at Yeovil Golf Club, he brought with him a wealth of knowledge on exactly what it takes to run and maintain a fleet of machinery, largely thanks to numerous years spent working as a mechanic greenkeeper. On initial inspection, he found that the club was well stocked with machinery, except for a couple of large pieces that had the potential to take its offering to the next level.
“Previously, the club would send their cutting units to a neighbouring golf club to be sharpened. This was enormously expensive because, in doing this, they also had to pay for the club’s time. I decided, based on my previous experience with Bernhard and Company, that the best route forward for us was to have our own, in-house grinding equipment.
“At the time, Bernhard and company were running a limited-offer, try-before-you-buy scheme with a one-year rental on certain machines, which seemed like a great option for us to test the waters. I took this to the club management, and we presented our development plans to the board, demonstrating how the investment would work for us and how much money we could save long-term. It made complete sense to them, so we started our relationship with Bernhard and Company right away, following it up with the purchase of both the Express Dual 3000MC and Anglemaster 3000MC machines.
“The most immediate improvement we saw was in our grass plants’ health. By cutting with perfectly sharp blades the overall health of the plant increased dramatically. Presentation is 80% of this job really, if not more, so quality is absolutely key. The uniformity and definition of our turf has improved, and we’ve been able to achieve a much tighter cut. Crucially, we have also seen an uplift in the efficiency of our machinery with no contact between the cylinder and bottom blade, as well as a reduction in fuel consumption and strain on hydraulic systems. We haven’t changed our nutrition plan very much, but we are getting a far better return on investment with it than previously.