Killeen Castle’s €500k investment
The €500k upgraded equipment fleet includes tees, fairway, greens, and rough mowers; utility tractors; Gator utility vehicles; sprayers; top dressers and bunker rakes.
10 April 2019 | 0
Killeen Castle Golf Club in Co Meath, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019. Together with its decade in business, Killeen Castle is also marking its recent investment in a state-of-the-art golf course equipment fleet deal with John Deere dealer Dublin Grass Machinery, worth over €500k with finance arranged through John Deere’s partner Bank of Ireland.
The machinery acquisition represents a significant investment by Killeen Castle in the future of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, as the club enters its second decade of golf operations. The championship golf course opened in 2009 and was described by the 18-time Major winner and course designer, as “one of my proudest designs”.
The upgraded equipment fleet includes tees, fairway, greens, and rough mowers; utility tractors; Gator utility vehicles; sprayers; top dressers and bunker rakes – with the latest John Deere E-Cut hybrid electric mowers now playing an important part in future-proofing the work of course superintendent Mark Collins and his team.
Killeen Castle has hosted the 2011 Solheim Cup between Europe and US, in addition to three Ladies Irish Opens from 2010 to 2012. The 630-acre estate also features a number of signature residential properties: The Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, Fore Golf Custom Club Fitters, and a Norman castle dating back to 1181.
The castle will become the focal point of the estate following a recent grant of planning permission for a 177-room luxury hotel, including the renovation and restoration of the original structure which will house 17 suites, and a number of luxury dining rooms. The new three-storey structure partnering this renovation will incorporate 160 rooms, a day-spa, function rooms, and a winter garden restaurant.
The investment in new equipment also included an upgrade and enhancement of the club’s rental golf cars and trolleys to the latest state-of-the-art GPS units, as well as re-kerbing of the entire clubhouse compound. This was in addition to significant works around the golf course and peripheral areas to enhance the sanding and drainage profile of the course, all designed to ensure championship standard golfing conditions for members and visitors alike, all year round.
“There were many key factors in choosing John Deere equipment. The relationship with Dublin Grass Machinery and sales manager Noel Bennett was high up the list, with the excellent technical and back-up service provided for the past 12 years.”, said Mark Collins, Killeen Castle course superintendent.
Collins continued: “The quality of John Deere machinery is quite simply second to none, and the company’s advances in technology with the hybrid electric mowers made the decision an easy one. The overall package will allow us to continue to improve our work practices and deliver even better standards of course presentation to our members and guests.”