Straight to the point at Surrey's West Hill Golf Club
Within 48 hours of delivery, the team at West Hill Golf Club, Surrey had used their new Wiedenmann Terra Spike to aerate over 1.5 hectares of greens to a handsome depth of 21cm with very favourable results.
Course Manager, Ben Edwards, who welcomed the new XP 210 machine, said he fully anticipated the deep tine aerator to be capable but was instantly delighted with its speed, neatness and quality of work.
The XP 210 is Wiedenmann UK's widest and deepest machine in its fleet of 10 Terra Spikes. West Hill targeted it specifically to deal with a long-standing panning issue.
"We've got Bagshot Sand which pans out quite hard right across the course," said Ben, "The Wiedenmann is the only machine that works comfortably at the level we require. We need to get way down to 20-21cm to break it up but with this machine we're really confident it will start to improve immediately; by around October when we get lots of moisture, I'm hoping to see a huge difference. It's amazingly clean for such a big machine."
"We'll use the XP literally everywhere. We've started off with 20mm tines in a 200mm square hole pattern for the tees, approaches and fairways and will change to pencil tines the next time we do the greens. We are pairing it with our John Deere M series tractor, it works well with the 2.1m width of the aerator which is wider than the tractor span, so there are no issues with tyres backing over ground we've just completed. We'll use it as much as possible and when the ground conditions are right, it's going to be very busy."
West Hill Golf Club is consistently recognised within the UK's 100 leading courses and has a greenkeeping team of nine. Local Wiedenmann dealer for the area is T H WHITE at Reading with representative, Phil Beeny, providing on-going sales support.
Pictured: West Hill's greenkeeper Sam Sweetzer putting the new Wiedenmann XP through its paces