Timely arrival to manage spring maintenance at The Hills

A new fleet of Jacobsen turf maintenance equipment has been delivered by national distributor Power Turf New Zealand to The Hills Golf Course, to coincide
with the beginning of the spring maintenance season.

Timely arrival to manage spring maintenance at The Hills

Course superintendent Brendan Allen, Terry Sullivan of Power Turf New Zealand 
and Mike Foskett of Jacobsen at the handover of the new fleet.

The Hills Golf Course, owned by New Zealand jewellery magnate Sir Michael Hill and home to the 2015 and 2016 NZ Open Championships (12th–15th March in
2015), has taken delivery of eight Jacobsen Eclipse 2 Walk Mowers and a Cushman Truckster with Core Harvester.

Commenting on the delivery of the new equipment, Golf Course Superintendent Brendan Allen said, “We made a conscious decision that the equipment we purchase
needs to be the best available for our site and surfaces.  With a mission of ‘providing an unparalleled experience that exceeds expectations’
and an owner that has a passion for making The Hills exceptional, we have to set the highest of standards.

“Quality of cut is a huge consideration and Jacobsen is renowned for this, and we also have some heavy contours and tricky interfaces between greens and
collars, that make operation difficult, where we believe the Eclipses will excel,” Mr Allen said.

“Clearly the supplier relationship and service and parts supply is also a key part of the decision and our experiences with PowerTurf over a number of
years have been really positive and we trust their ability to continue to deliver long term.” 

Six Jacobsen Eclipse 2 118F walking mowers will be used to cut the greens, mowing through the growing season at 3.5mm. The tees and other select areas
on the collars will be maintained at 8mm with 2 Eclipse 2 122’s. Coring cleanup will now be made easier and less labour intensive with the Cushman
Truckster and core harvester.

The Hills Golf Course is located in New Zealand’s stunning Queenstown Lakes District with spectacular views of the Remarkables and Coronet mountain ranges.
The Hills in its short life has been host to four NZ Open Championships and two NZPGA Championships and is also one of New Zealand’s largest art sculpture
parks, with the ‘The Wolves are Coming’ greeting players as they walk down the 18th hole.

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