Classic-type cross-country skiing is very popular for the members at the Edina (Minn.) Country Club, where Brandon Schindele is the superintendent. This 2015 Kubota RTV-X1100 Turf Vehicle ($19,000) has a heated/AC cab and front winch. The wheels and tires were replaced with Camoplast Tracks ($4,500). The YTS Groomer, with two Classic Track Setters & Compactor Roller ($9,200) groom side-by-side trails throughout the course. The Kubota was further modified by adding front and rear 42-inch wide LED Light Bars on the roof facing front and back ($130 each), one Kenwood Radio for the cab ($85) and one set of cab speakers ($20), all available from www.amazon.com. Equipment managers Tim Roddy and Andy Smith performed the installation of the radio, speaker and LED light bars in one day, which included installing controls for the groomer track setter and groomer teeth by means of a five-wire trailer cord ($50) bought at Napa Auto Parts. The roller attachment is used to firm up the snow on the cross-country trails. The Kubota is also used during winter course inspections and by the equipment managers during the growing season.




Greens mower homemade trailer

This 2012 Baroness LM56 Greens Mower is being transported in a trailer made in-house with angle iron and flat steel welded together. The dual ramps are made of flat steel heated and bent on each side for stability that are bolted to industrial hinges. The ramps are held in place with safety chains during transport. The upper wooden storage bin is used for grass clippings and then the grass catcher is transported in the open space below. The wheels and axle were recycled and all materials were already in inventory. It took about 1½ days to build. The trailer is pulled with a 1995 Yamaha golf cart, which has a rear-mounted plastic four-sided tube for holding the long-handled hand tools in place. Hajime Asahi, is the course manager/superintendent/head greenkeeper at the Taiheiyo Club, Inc., Kohnan Course, in Japan.

Terry Buchen, CGCS, MG, is president of Golf Agronomy International. He’s a 41-year, life member of the GCSAA. He can be reached at 757-561-7777 or terrybuchen@earthlink.net.