What can John Deere provide to golf course sustainability?

By: October 8, 2018

The brand new Education City Golf Club (the soft opening will be in this month) is showing another example that they keep their promise regarding the sustainability of its golf courses.

Just before the soft opening of the club, the Education City Golf Club acquired a fleet of 93 John Deere machines including:

  • tractors,
  • greens,
  • fairway & rough mowers,
  • Gator utility vehicles, 
  • other ancillary equipment including sprayers, top dressers, and aerators.

They were delivered by Qatar John Deere dealer Progressive.

I tried to find guidelines in vain on the website of the Golf Environment Organization. The only idea that comes to my mind regarding maintenance machinery is the energy efficiency.

Education City Golf Club John Deere sustainability solution for golf clubs

John Deere & golf course sustainability

So I thought to collect all the innovations and features that can help the Education City Golf Club and of course other golf clubs to save energy:

  • What is sure that on over 90% of the above mentioned John Deere mowing fleet is using hybrid electric technology.
  • The new AutoPedal™ system: the pedals also control the RPMs of the engine.  This saves fuel and lowers sound level.
  • TechControl Display: it helps you to program your mowers to mow and turn at exact speeds, to transport at preset speeds, and to lock in fuel savings.
  • E-Cut Quick Adjust (QA) cutting units driven by electric reel motors that support energy efficiency, reduced fuel consumption and lower sound
    levels. In the case of Education City Golf Club 102 potential hydraulic leak points are removed from the equation due to the use of electric drives in the reel circuits.

At the very same time, it is very good that the State of Qatar takes sustainability and biodiversity seriously.

Qatar’s National Vision 2030, developed in 2008 tells among the others ‘to manage the environment such that there is harmony between economic growth, social development, and environmental protection’.

Biodiversity conservation relates to all four of the National Vision’s key pillars; without nature and natural resources, there can be no social or human or economic development.

Qatar is classified as a hot subtropical desert. The average rainfall is 81 mm, the average maximum temperature is 31 C and the average minimum temperature is 22 C.