Course maintenance vehicles unveiled
The Gulf Harbour Country Club, north of Auckland, took another step in its new direction with the unveiling last month of a fleet of new course maintenance vehicles which it had purchased.
The vehicles, pictured to the right, were bought through Agrowquip New Zealand, which is the franchise dealer for John Deere equipment in the Auckland and Waikato regions.
Gulf Harbour previously had contractors maintain the golf course. But following the operation of the club returning to it’s owner, a Chinese businessman, it now hired it’s own green keeping staff.
Earlier this year the club also purchased 50 new golf carts from Yamaha Golf and drainage work of the course was being undertaken.
Course superintendent Simon Burrowes said with the owner back in charge of the club there was the opportunity to make quick and effective decisions.
Burrowes said the club, about one hour’s drive north of Auckland on the Whangaparoa Peninsula, was again keen to stage major events. It has already hosted two New Zealand Opens, in 2005 and 2006, while in 1998 it staged the World Cup of Golf.