Top Quality Equipment for Top Quality Results
This isn’t Doug Mottin’s first rodeo. For 16 years, he has been in the business of renovating golf courses, and four years ago, he decided it was time to start his own company. Since then, Mottin Golf Course Renovations has made a name for themselves on projects in the Northeast from their Philadelphia headquarters.
Mottin Golf Course Renovations has been contracted to do some pretty high-profile work, including Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA – home to the 2013 U.S. Open, and Lancaster Country Club - host to the U.S. Women’s Open in 2015. Needless to say, Mottin has an impressive resume.
Helping him carve out a niche for himself is his trusted fleet of Takeuchi excavators and compact track loaders. “We probably have about 15 pieces of Takeuchi equipment,” explains Mottin. “In fact, the only track loaders that I use in the company are Takeuchi. I’ve tried them all, I’ve demo-ed all the machines, and I’m a firm believer in Takeuchi. I just think it’s a really reliable piece of equipment.”
The relationship between Doug Mottin and Takeuchi equipment wasn’t always perfect; he had his reservations at first. “I got introduced to Takeuchi machines, and I was skeptical at first, because I was always a Caterpillar or a John Deere kind of guy,” says Mottin. It only took a little bit of time testing out Takeuchi equipment before he was convinced. “Once I got on the machine, started running it, putting it through the different tests, I just felt like it was the best machine.”
Mottin’s history with Takeuchi equipment aside, it has been Takeuchi innovation, quality, and a great user experience that keeps Mottin loyal to his equipment. “Takeuchi was certainly ahead of all the other companies when it comes to compact track loaders,” he explains. Having access to the newest features and benefits, like innovative rubber tracks, precision controls, and a robust undercarriage design, has also been a major advantage by going with Takeuchi. “It really came down to the track system. It’s a very simple process to take old tracks off, and put new ones back on. I really feel like Takeuchi had it all figured out before the other guys.”
In terms of quality, Mottin’s customers, appreciate the job that the equipment does without excessive wear and tear to their grounds. “The golf course superintendents really like the rubber tracks on the skid steers and compact excavators because it’s less damage to the existing turf on the golf course,” he adds.
Mottin, a seasoned veteran in revitalizing golf courses, is also a firm believer in using the right tool for the job. When asked if Takeuchi equipment is well-suited for revitalizing fairways, tees and sculpting greens and bunkers, Mottin says, “I’ve been on this equipment my entire career, and for what we do in golf course renovation work, it is hands-down the superior machine.”
To sum it all up, Doug Mottin knows golf courses, and he knows the equipment that he and his team needs to do their job well. “I’d put the Takeuchi machines up against any other in the business,” says Mottin.