Published on : Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Finca Cortesin Golf Club on Spain’s Costa del Sol is a challenging course to maintain. With diverse and undulating terrain, it demands equipment that’s well suited for the job. That’s one of the reasons why the course recently updated all of its turf care and irrigation system equipment to the latest Toro products.
According to Golf Course Superintendent Ignacio Soto, Toro products were selected because they adapt well to a wide range of course conditions and features. “Our course has a lot of movement and elevations, so we need strong, efficient, high-quality machines,” Soto said. “Our new Toro equipment lets us match different mowers to different areas of cut with great results.”
Finca Cortesin’s new Toro fleet includes Reelmaster® 5010-H hybrid fairway mowers, Reelmaster 3550-D mowers for greens surrounds, a Groundsmaster® 4500 mower for the rough, and a Greensmaster® TriFlex™ greens mower. The course also has new Toro Sand Pro® 5040 bunker rakes, Workman® MDX-D utility vehicles and a Multi Pro® 5800 sprayer.
In addition, the course installed Toro’s INFINITY® Series sprinkler heads as part of the irrigation system in its newly constructed short-game area. The unique sprinkler design allows access to key components from the top of the sprinkler for troubleshooting and repairs without digging.
“We have been using Toro equipment since the beginning,” Soto said. “We have tried different brands in the past, but now we have 100 percent Toro equipment. Our mechanics and crew members feel very comfortable with Toro products.”
The Finca Cortesin golf course is located in a big resort area with a luxury hotel and private residences, so the guest experience is an important consideration. For the first time in Spain, the course is using hybrid mowing technology on fairways and greens to minimize noise and emissions. The course also plans to incorporate more hybrid and electric technology to continue building on its commitment to the environment.
“Finca Cortesin is always looking for excellence and the highest level of course maintenance,” Soto added. “Our golf course is not an easy course to maintain — that is why we really care about our machinery and irrigation products. With Toro products, we get quality at higher levels.”
The course recently strengthened its relationship with Toro even further by signing a preferred partner agreement with Riversa, Toro’s distributor in Spain. Part of the agreement also includes a scholarship to provide students from the University of Tennessee with unique learning experiences on the course and share best practices in turf management.
“We are delighted with the partnership we have developed over the years with Toro/Riversa since the early days,” said Golf Director Francisco de Lancastre. “We feel this agreement will be crucial in years to come to maintain and improve on our high standards for delivering the best playing surfaces to our members and guests alike.”