Hosting Open Championship qualifiers and a regular programme of tournaments, the club has set its sights on attracting some of the most prestigious competitions in the land – an ambition wholeheartedly supported by Course Manager, James Bledge.“The club has put a lot of money into the greens staff, new equipment and course improvements over the four years since I joined,” says James. We have been able to make significant improvements to playing surfaces and have been working hard at thinning out rough and refining the cut surfaces.
“Having the best equipment for each job makes a huge difference and the recent purchase of a Rink DS3800 top dresser from Lister Wilder has been the icing on the cake for our team.
Top dressing with sand will have this effect and encourage finer grasses,” explains James.“We decided last year to mine sand from a somewhat unremarkable area of grassland behind one of our tees to create a wetland habitat for wildlife and to save bringing in large quantities of sand at around £45 per tonne,” he continues.
“We hired an excavator and a massive sand screener to separate stone from the sand and we now have sizeable stockpile of 2mm sand for use on the fairways.”“The newly mined sand has presented some challenges,” says James, “but Lister Wilder has been there to help us every step of the way, even bringing in the designer of the DS3800 from Germany to ensure we could use our wet sand effectively.
Belt and spinner speeds are individually adjustable using hydraulic levers in the cab, giving the operator full control of the output.“The DS3800 is quite simple to set up,” says mechanic, Keith Pooley, who has been at the club for nine years.
“It is easy to adjust the belt speed so you can get it just right for spreading a particular material.
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The Rink DS3800 broadcast top dresser, manufactured in Germany and distributed in the UK by Charterhouse, has dual spinners producing a spreading width of up to 12m.
Its 0.8 m3 hopper is designed to manage different grades of dressing material, from fine, dry sand to coarser, wet material – its shallow configuration helping to combat bridging and sticking.
James ensures that everyone on the team is given a chance to develop knowledge and skills.
“Our two apprentices get involved in pretty much every aspect of the work and each has a detailed education programme in place,” says James.