UK's 'largest-ever' equipment deal sees John Deere supply Trump Turnberry

UK's 'largest-ever' equipment deal sees John Deere supply Trump Turnberry

The history of golf at Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire continues to evolve, with the summer of 2016 marking the official reopening of the world-renowned Ailsa course, following the most extensive renovations ever seen on an Open rota course.

In summer 2017, King Robert the Bruce will be unveiled as Trump Turnberry's second major course.

In the largest equipment deal John Deere has ever signed in the UK and Ireland, a maintenance fleet numbering 95 machines was supplied by dealer Nairn Brown Ltd of Busby, Glasgow, on a John Deere Financial four-year lease arrangement.

The packages included walk-behind greens mowers, tees and surrounds mowers, E-Cut hybrid electric greens and fairway mowers, rough mowers, top of the range compact tractors and both diesel and electric Gator utility vehicles.

When your course owner is the president-elect of the United States, you can forgive him for having his priorities elsewhere. However, golf courses and estates manager Allan Patterson said Donald Trump has proved his commitment to Turnberry in commissioning such investments.

Allan said: "Mr Trump is the first owner of Turnery to really address the changes that have been needed for some time. To allow the course to regain and maintain its top status, we have to push on and improve what's here. Over the last couple of years, Turnberry has probably experienced the biggest and most significant of all the changes to Trump courses, and this underlines our desire to return to the very top tier of golf in the UK.

"Our aspiration is to raise standards and the quality of course presentation by increasing cut frequencies. For tournaments and big events, there's enough kit to cope, and we aim to maintain the very best condition possible. Mr Trump's support and investment will allow us to move forward with confidence to achieve our ambitions."

Allan oversees a team of more than 40 greenkeeping, gardening and estate staff. All were involved in some way in the choice of the new machinery fleet.

Workshop manager Jim Campbell explained: "The staff were asked to fill in appraisal sheets, looking particularly at the things they were most comfortable with, which helped the selection and final decision-making processes.

In response to the need to maintain a consistent finish across the course, Jim programmes the A Model mowers' TechControl system before going out with each operator and tweaking the mowing and turning speeds to suit the individual. This strikes a balance between getting the job done in the time available and achieving the best possible quality of cut.

Jim added: "We tend to cut the fairways twice a week, the greens every day, the tees and surrounds three times a week and the rough once a week. Generally we aim to hand cut as much as possible, for the visual results. Quality of cut on the John Deere walk-behinds and triples is very good, and meets our expectations."