A Milestone in
the Making

The 150th Open Championship returns to the Home of Golf 10 – 17 July 2022.
Find out how St Andrews Links is getting ready and take a look back at
the history leading to this moment.
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Historic Connections

The Open is golf’s original major championship, bringing the world’s best players together for more than 160 years. And St Andrews Links is revered by golfers as the place where the game was born. Toro also has a long heritage in the game of golf, dating back more than a century. Here’s a look at a few key moments.

The game is born

1400s

The game of golf was first played on the Old Course at St Andrews Links.
It’s the oldest golf course in the world.

The first Open

1860

Eight professional golfers played in the first Open Championship at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland.

A new trophy

1872

The Claret Jug (known officially as the Golf Champion Trophy) replaced the Challenge Belt — the original prize for The Open.

Toro’s first golf product

1918

Toro introduced its first product built specifically for golf, a power fairway roller.

First motorized fairway mower

1919

Toro’s first motorized golf fairway mower, the Standard Golf Machine, was developed for the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Expanding in irrigation

1962

Toro purchased Moist-O-Matic, leading to re-entry and leadership in golf and commercial irrigation.

Toro becomes preferred supplier

2002

Toro was named preferred supplier to St Andrews Links in an equipment deal.

Electric reel debut

2011

Toro® Greensmaster® TriFlex™ greens mowers were released, featuring all-electric reel options that reduce fuel consumption. This was the first product to earn the EnergySmart™ label from Toro.

Agreement renewed

2012

St Andrews Links renewed its agreement with Toro
as official equipment supplier.

Back at St Andrews Links

2015

The 144th Open Championship was played at St Andrews Links.

The next chapter

2016

St Andrews Links announced a new long-term partnership agreement with Toro.

A new partnership

2017

Toro was named St Andrews Links’ first-ever greenkeeping partner.

Another step forward

2018–2020

St Andrews Links makes a Toro’s Lynx® Central Control System upgrade across all courses.

All-electric riding mowers

2020

Toro Greensmaster eTriFlex™ 3370 was first used on the Old Course. A fleet of these mowers will be used in 2022 at The Open!

Keys to Success

Precision

Greens, tees, surrounds, fairways and semi-roughs are cut to exacting standards, and mowers are checked after each operation.

Sustainability

Hybrid technology and sustainable practices are part of St Andrews Links’ commitment to protecting the environment.

Performance

Factors such as smoothness, trueness, firmness, organic matter content and moisture levels are measured and targeted.

Support

Greenstaff from around the world help during The Open. Toro and Reesink Turfcare UK provide additional equipment and support.

Reliability

Toro has been St Andrews Links’ preferred equipment partner for nearly 20 years. Reliability is a big reason why.

Turf Management

Aeration, topdressing, overseeding and weed control are all regular practices as needed to create tournament-ready conditions.

“The Toro Company have always led the way in technology, research and innovation regarding golf course machinery and over many years we have been fortunate to use the very best of equipment for maintaining the Links at St Andrews Links through our partnership with them.”

Sandy Reid, Director of Greenkeeping, St Andrews Links

Toro is honoured to be the official provider of turf equipment and irrigation products to St Andrews Links, continuing a partnership that began nearly 20 years ago. Toro and distributor Reesink Turfcare UK are supporting St Andrews Links leading up to The Open.

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