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Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, acquired a Kubota M8540 tractor to help prepare its three golf courses for the 2010 Ryder Cup in October.

To build a new golf course in time to host the event, the resort’s 40 full-time ground staff needed to undertake a considerable amount of heavy-duty drainage and dressing work to develop an 18-hole course that would challenge leading golfers in match-play conditions.

With this in mind, Jim McKenzie, Celtic Manor’s director of golf courses, consulted his local Kubota dealer Ted Hopkins about what would be the right machine for the job.

The supplier recommended the M8540, part of the Kubota M40 Series tractors range.

The M8540 has been designed to offer excellent productivity and manoeuvrability.

It features Kubota’s latest Tier III compliant, four-cylinder C-CDIS (centre direct injection system) turbo-charged engine, together with hydraulic shuttle.

As a result, it offers a maximum speed of 40kmh.

However, this power is also useful for pulling at creep speed, with Autohitch and hydraulic trailer braking fitted as standard.

Construction on the GBP16m course began in 2004 and was completed in July 2007.

In this time, Celtic Manor Resort used the M8540 to tow a Blec Sandmaster during the construction of all major drainage works and dress more than 20 hectares.

The machine was also used to prepare, drain and top-dress the ground for the site of the hospitality village and move sand for the bunkers.

‘Using the low six crawl gear when pulling and operating the Blec Sandmaster was no problem at all,’ said McKenzie.

‘The M8540 has never left a mark on the ground, even when pulling as much as four tonnes of sand,’ he added.

The Kubota M8540 also features a spacious operating platform, as well as air conditioning and heating as standard.

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