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Only one golf course in the world can boast that

it’s hosted more Ryder Cup matches than any other

venue – and that’s The Belfry Hotel & Resort in North


The 550-acre site is a mecca for professional and

amateur players who come to play on one or more of

its three stunning courses – and The Brabazon, Derby

and PGA National have witnessed some of the most

dramatic moments in the history of golf. So what is

the secret recipe? Take the finest staff, a top quality

course manager and industry leading golf course

maintenance equipment backed by a first class dealer,

and you can start to see why The Belfry is world


Deere back at The Belfry

Director of golf courses and estates Angus Macleod

arrived from De Vere Belton Woods in 2012, and with

courses head greenkeeper Jamie Brooks oversees a

summer team of over 50 greenkeeping staff. He is also

behind the recent purchase of a new fleet of grass

cutting and ancillary equipment from local John Deere

dealer Farol Ltd at Hinckley, Leicestershire – a return

to the brand after Deere was official supplier to the

2002 Ryder Cup matches.

The new John Deere machines include five 260SL

walk-behind greens mowers, two 2500E hybrid

electric greens triple mowers, a 7200A PrecisionCut

tees & surrounds mower, a 9009A rotary rough mower

and a 2030A Pro Gator utility vehicle equipped with an

HD200 low-profile amenity turf sprayer.

“When I arrived we were experiencing the usual

problems associated with an ageing machinery fleet,

particularly the increasingly high cost of parts,” says

Angus. “The owners KSL gave me a budget and we

agreed on a phased replacement deal over several

years, starting with the mowers.

“The process began with demonstrations by the

leading manufacturers and a chance for all the staff to

try the machines and give me their feedback. It was an

important decision and a huge investment, so making

sure the staff are happy with the equipment they

use is my number one priority. Whatever decision we

make, it is as a team.


- Deere & Company chairman & chief executive officer Samuel

R Allen (second left) visited The Belfry in August, and is pictured

here with (left to right) Brian D’Arcy of John Deere Limited, The

Belfry’s Angus Macleod and Jamie Brooks, dealer Matt Gilks

of Farol Hinckley, Nick Ashman of John Deere Limited and a

selection of the new John Deere mowers.

The iconic 10th

Tee marker on The

Brabazon course.