Date: Mon 13 Dec 2010

Toro GDC Control System Making Lots of Friends

Toro’s GDC new technology control system has surpassed now the 200-system mark in worldwide golf course applications. First released in 2006 and with 4+ years of experience, this proven product has become the leading choice where non-satellite systems are preferred. It’s flexibility allows for both integrated applications (located at the sprinkler), as well as the option to be located out of the field of play when that choice provides either cost savings, lower maintenance costs or any of its additional advantages.

GDC System

GDC System

The Toro GDC not only provides unparalleled flexibility and definite cost savings over satellite control systems, but also can provide surprising savings when compared against other new technology control systems or old style decoder systems.

The trend-setting product has already scored many achievements, such as the largest non-satellite control system in the world at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, with over 4500 stations on a single 18-hole golf course; while being perfectly suited and cost effective on smaller irrigation systems as well, such as Walmley Golf Club in the U.K., and Gerringong Golf Club in Australia.

Leading Irrigation Designers are specifying the product across Europe and confidence is very high. Adrian Mortram, Partner in RHA Designs states, “I am convinced after working with the Toro GDC for the past few years, that they have it right. I know that when I recommend this product to my clients, they are receiving not only a reliable control system, but great value for their investment.”

GDC Integrated Golf Rotor

GDC Integrated Golf Rotor

One of the main features that customers confirm is the ability to have a new technology control system, but with the option of all critical wire splices and field devices located in easy to service valve boxes along with all critical communications cable being located off the field of play. This feature all but eliminates maintenance crews having to dig up areas of the golf in play to work on the system.

Mark Todd, who has had a GDC on his course, Wildernesse Golf Club in the UK for almost three years, describes its reliability and dependability as better than any system he has had in all his years of greenkeeping.

Usable in both new system design or for existing course renovations, the GDC has made a positive mark with those who know they benefit from systems that are proven, reliable and rugged, so they are not called back for repairs.

“Having superior lightning protection is a requirement of Toro systems,” says Toro Sr. Product Manager, John Dalman. The lightning protection designed into the GDC field devices provides more than 20,000 volts and 10,000 amps of protection, for every wire in and out. That is equivalent to the best satellite controllers on the market.

Europe and the UK remain the highest users of this product, but their insight and knowledge has been catching on, and the GDC is being sold successfully in every major golf market around the world.

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