Published April 24, 2004
As the demand for higher green speeds increases, the ability of Golf Course Superintendents to produce the desired results is often limited to the current equipment available on the market. If the demand is great enough the equipment manufacturers will recognize the need and develop new equipment to fill the void. With the recent introduction of the latest greens mowers to the market, this scenario couldn't be more evident.
In response to demands regarding green speed, the mower shown below is the latest walk behind greens mower from the Toro Company. Called the "Flex 21" this mower has a floating mowing reel and is capable of ultra low mowing heights. The new floating design eliminates the scalping tendency common to the previous generation of fixed head mowers. The quality of cut is so impressive that the majority of the golf courses hosting major PGA Tour events are now using these new mowers. We had the opportunity to demo this mower and WOW what a difference! The quality of cut is truely far superior to that of the mowers we are currently using. The bad part is the new mowers come with a hefty price tag. At almost $7,000.00 each, I think I'll have to put them on my wish list.
"As beautiful as trees are, and as fond as you and I are of them, we still must not lose sight of the fact there is a limited place for them in golf. We must not allow our sentiments to crowd out the real intent of a golf course, that of providing fair playing conditions. If it in any way interferes with a properly played stroke, I think the tree is an unfair hazard and should not be allowed to stand."
Donald Ross, from "Golf Has Never Failed Me"