Ufford/Ipswich: Golf venue goes local for new turf care equipment

Adrian Kersey of Bartram Mowers, Adrian Hollins, head greenkeeper, and Colin Aldous, chairman, of U

Adrian Kersey of Bartram Mowers, Adrian Hollins, head greenkeeper, and Colin Aldous, chairman, of Ufford Park, and Nigel Church of Ransomes Jacobsen with the new equipment - Credit: Archant

The Ufford Park Hotel, Golf & Spa complex near Woodbridge has purchased new maintenance equipment for its 18-hole golf course from Ipswich-based Ransomes Jacobsen.

Delivered by local dealer Bartram Mowers, the new equipment includes a Cushman Turf-Truckster and a Jacobsen LF570 light fairway mower.

Adrian Hollins, head greenkeeper at Ufford Park, said: “The LF570 replaces our former Jacobsen fairway mower. The 570 is the updated version of the 3800, which was an excellent product and there was no reason to change.However, we did look at competitor machines, just to make sure we were certain our choice. The reels on the 570 run faster than on the older model and the quality of cut, in my opinion, is better than ever.

“The Cushman Turf-Truckster is a replacement for one of our ageing utility vehicles; the Truckster is a great general purpose heavy duty vehicle on which we can mount sprayers, top dressers, slitters and other equipment. This is our fifth since I’ve been here and it’s a really flexible workhorse.”

Colin Aldous, chairman and owner of Ufford Park, said: “I bought Ufford Park some 21 years ago; that’s how far back the relationship with Ransomes and Bartrams stretches.

“Since then we’ve more than doubled the size of the business; hotel rooms have expanded from the original 25 to 96 and we’ve added and improved our conference facilities considerably.

“The golf course has improved year on year and Adrian, working closely with Stuart Robertson, our experienced PGA professional, has gradually improved the aesthetics and presentation and it’s looking the best it’s ever been. We keep investing in the business and we are seeing the results.”

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Mr Aldous added: “I’m proud to be British; I drive a British-built Jaguar and I like to do business with British-based companies. The Ransomes name is synonymous with quality British engineering and I’m delighted that our partnership has endured into its third decade.”