Toro Equipment Helps Royal Liverpool Golf Club Prepare for Open Championship

  Toro Equipment Helps Royal Liverpool Golf Club Prepare for Open Championship

Reflecting its commitment to sustainable course management, Royal Liverpool’s
        fleet includes Toro’s latest hybrid and electric greensmowers

Business Wire

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- July 16, 2014

As the Open Championship is in full swing at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club,
Toro equipment is working seamlessly behind the scene to help the grounds crew
create the best course conditions – with support from Toro distributor, Lely

Craig Gilholm, course manager at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, with Toro's eFlex
lithium ion battery-po ...

Craig Gilholm, course manager at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, with Toro's eFlex
lithium ion battery-powered greensmower. (Photo: Business Wire)

The 18-hole Hoylake course has been an exclusive Toro customer for the past 10
years, while prior to that its fleet included a mix of machinery that was 50
percent Toro equipment. Course manager Craig Gilholm says the fact that Toro
equipment never let him down in the eight years he’s been with the club
convinced him, with the support of his greens chairman, to sign with Toro for
another five years.

With Royal Liverpool’s purchase last year of new Toro equipment, many of the
new arrivals reflect the club’s commitment to more sustainable course
management, including Toro’s advanced hybrid and electric greensmower models
to help cut fuel costs and become greener.

As Gilholm explains: “It’s really important to us to be greener, but we also
want to keep moving forward by investing in the latest machinery and
technology. Fortunately, models like Toro’s new TriFlex™ and eFlex™
greensmowers allow us to do both because they’re the newest, greenest and best
machines available on the market today.”

Royal Liverpool was one of the first clubs in the U.K. to demo Toro’s TriFlex
Hybrid 3420 riding greensmower when it first launched in 2011. Gilholm was so
impressed that he now counts four among his new arrivals. “The TriFlex mowers
are very impressive. I prefer the new riding position, the onboard diagnostics
are very useful for our mechanics, and I like the whole concept of removing
the hydraulics from the cutting units, which virtually eliminates hydraulic
leaks. We’ve got two for our greens, plus another two for cutting our tees and

Another key purchase was Toro’s eFlex, which is the industry’s first lithium
ion battery-powered walk greensmower. “We’ve got six eFlex mowers with
grooming brush attachments,” Gilholm continues. “These are a new concept to
us, being all-electric. We had three machines out cutting the other day and
can do seven greens on a single charge per machine. According to Toro, we
should be able to do up to nine greens without the attachment, so that’s
impressive for a battery-powered machine.”

About The Toro Company
The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative
turf, landscape, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor
lighting solutions. With sales of more than $2 billion in fiscal 2013, Toro’s
global presence extends to more than 90 countries through strong relationships
built on integrity and trust, constant innovation, and a commitment to helping
customers enrich the beauty, productivity and sustainability of the land.
Since 1914, the company has built a tradition of excellence around a number of
strong brands to help customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public
green spaces, commercial and residential properties, and agricultural fields.
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