Ransomes Jacobsen - E-z-go utility vehicles for the Skibo Castle Estate
John Deere Limited has joined the UK Golf Course Owners Association (UKGCOA) as a Diamond Corporate Partner.
With an administrative base at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, the UKGCOA was set up in 2010 to promote, develop and represent the interests of golf course owners in the United Kingdom and act as a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences.
“About a third of all golf courses in the UK are proprietary owned and operated,” said UKGCOA executive director Jerry Kilby at BTME 2012 in Harrogate, when the new partnership was announced. “We believe that an active and vibrant owners association can play an important role in the growth of the game of golf and the development of individual golf businesses, while also having a more effective voice in the wider golf industry.
“We are therefore delighted to welcome John Deere, one of the industry’s main players, as one of our valued corporate partners.”
John Deere Limited turf division sales manager Joedy Ibbotson added: “We are very pleased to join the UKGCOA, and look forward to working together to support the Association’s key objectives. Proprietary owners and managers represent a significant part of the UK golf market, and this new partnership underlines our commitment to this important sector of the business.”
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When looking for a total vehicle solution to meet the needs of their 7,500 acre estate, the management of The Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle turned to world’s premier manufacturer of light utility vehicles, E-Z-GO, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
Gary Gruber, the course manager at the club’s 18-hole golf course, was responsible for the procurement of the vehicles, having had considerable experience with utility vehicles in the past. As part of the evaluation process, he visited E-Z-GO’s manufacturing plant in Augusta, GA, where it became clear they had a range of electric vehicles that could accommodate the estate’s needs.
“I visited E-Z-GO as part of the itinerary on one of Jacobsen’s Round Table events and after seeing their product line up and discussing future product developments they were bringing to market, I quickly realised they were a probable supplier,” he said.
On his return to Scotland he organised a series of product demonstrations with another major supplier and after detailed evaluation, the management team selected E-Z-GO as their preferred business partner.
“I wanted to ensure that we researched all options to obtain the best business solution for the Skibo estate,” he continued. “The series of demonstrations confirmed to all of us that the E-Z-GO product offering wasn’t going to be beaten.”
With the 7,500 acre estate occupying land with SSSI status and some in designated conservation areas, sustainability and environmental impact was a prime consideration. That was the principal driver for selecting electric vehicles. In a total fleet of 45 vehicles, all but one - the ball collector on the golf driving range - are electric. For ease of maintenance the majority have semi-automatic battery fill systems and all have onboard chargers.
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