Jacobsen® turf equipment is an Official Supplier of Tthe 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National and is providing tournament support to the greenkeeping team during the competition. Technical staff from the Ransomes Jacobsen facility in Ipswich, U.K. will assist staff based at Ransomes Jacobsen France (RJF) in Toulouse throughout the competition.
Jacobsen turf equipment is designed and manufactured by Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
In 2016, Le Golf National signed a five-year preferred supplier agreement with Ransomes Jacobsen. The prestigious golf course, which belongs to the French Federation of Golf, has demonstrated its confidence in Ransomes Jacobsen France, which has supplied equipment to the facility since 2010.
In addition to the course’s regular fleet of Jacobsen equipment, an additional 31 pieces of equipment have been delivered to support Tthe Ryder Cup. The additional machinery consists of 12 Eclipse 2 greens mowers, three SLF-1880 fairway mowers, three AR-3 rotary mowers, two Jacobsen Trucksters, four Smithco Lite rollers and 11 mower caddies.
Alejandro Reyes, Golf and Courses and Estate Manager at Le Golf National, said of theof the support provided by Jacobsen and RJF:
“Le Golf National has been in partnership with Jacobsen since 2011. The quality of machinery, the back-up support, and the product innovation are just some of the reasons we choose Jacobsen. Together, we have created a world-class golf course that will host The 2018 Ryder Cup, and the Olympics in 2024.
“We are excited to use Jacobsen equipment during The Ryder Cup. I am confident that it will assist us in making the Albatros course absolutely spectacular for such a huge event. The HNA Open de France went very well, and we are making sure that we maintain high standards all the way through until the Ryder Cup in September.”
Since opening in 1990, Le Golf National has hosted the Open de France 25 times. It consists of three courses: the Albatros, an18-hole championship course, on which The Ryder Cup will be played; the Eagle, a second 18-hole course; and the Oiselet, a 9-hole course.
Alejandro Reyes’ 5 top tips for preparing to host a major tournament
Alejandro is the golf courses and estate manager at Le Golf National in Paris, host of the 2018 Ryder Cup.
1. Predict the unpredictable
Spend time thinking about what could go wrong, and try to come up with ways to prevent those things from occurring. You must always plan for every eventuality!
2. Volunteer programme
Make sure that you have a good volunteer programme. Ensure that you are going to provide a unique experience for the volunteers and make sure they are well fed and happy throughout the tournament!
3. Orientation Day
Make sure your volunteers check out the holes they will be assigned and get a good feel for the course. It is also important to run through the machinery, if they are unfamiliar with it, and ask them if they are happy with the job they have been assigned- if not, be flexible enough to change things up.
It is crucial to have good communication with the tournament director, the agronomy side of the organisation, and any other associations or official bodies involved in the event. Be open and honest to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Bring in some industry experts to deliver some seminars which will provide confidence and education to the volunteers during the tournament.
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