UK golf club ‘is first to be fully managed by robotic mowers’

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir February 6, 2024 11:48

An 18-hole London golf club is reportedly the first in the UK to be fully managed by robotic mowers.

According to Pitchcare, Cranham Golf Club in Upminster is the ‘first 18-hole golf course in the UK to be fully managed by robotic mowers’, before adding that the course utilises the robots to manage the fairways and first cut rough.

The article states that entire golf courses can be managed with between four and seven robots, depending on complexity and size of the course, and that the long-term cost savings that can be made by utilising robotic mowers are ‘substantial’.

‘Robotic mowers require less maintenance, have no fuel costs and eliminate the need for a large manual labour force for mowing. These factors will lead to substantial financial benefits for golf course owners and operators,’ it states.

Last year we looked at Worcestershire Golf Club, which successfully trialled robotic mowers on its course. The club’s course manager said the mowers were used to help course maintenance staff rather than for lowering costs.

“When it comes to robotic mowing, for us it’s not about lowering staff costs, but about alleviating the workload of our staff to allow for more skilled and rewarding labour tasks to be completed. It [the Husqvarna CEORA™] is fantastic for timesaving and the technology has definitely proved itself and its benefits,” said Steve Lloyd.

“Overall, it was invaluable in managing our workload at the golf course and provided us with not only brilliant cutting results but more time to spend focused on our members and our unrivalled services.”

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir February 6, 2024 11:48
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7 Comments

  1. Anella February 13, 11:29

    Future of green keeping. They have ones that also soil test and fertilize.

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  2. Igloo Guy February 8, 21:37

    Have they upgraded to Husky already?

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  3. Mattthemowerguy February 7, 11:29

    Who’s wanting to know more about Golf and Robotic Mowers?

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  4. The Greenkeeper February 6, 16:15

    The Pitchcare article is a bit misleading. Headlines state 18 hole golf course fully managed by robotic mowers when in fact they are only used on fairways and first cut in the rough.

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  5. Peter February 6, 16:00

    Well, can’t wait to see the long term results. Husqvarna a very reliable vendor and merchant !

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