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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

Questions, Answers and Insights for Everyone in the Business of Golf

NGF TOP 100 BUSINESSES IN GOLF

Toro

Category

Corporate Headquarters

Bloomington, Minnesota

Website

Key Employees

Richard Olson, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO
William Brown Jr., Group Vice President, Residential and Contractor Business
Bradley Hamilton, Group Vice President, Commercial and International
Philip Burkart, Vice President, Irrigation and Lighting Businesses
Rick Rodier, Vice President, Commercial
Darren Redetzke, Vice President, International

Profile

A leading worldwide provider of turf, landscape and construction equipment, as well as irrigation and outdoor lighting systems, Toro helps customers maintain golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties, and agricultural fields. About one-third of the company’s $2.5 billion business is connected to the golf industry, making Toro the game’s largest player in the turf care category.

Toro’s equipment is ubiquitous at thousands of golf courses around the world – public, private, municipal and resort. Among them are St Andrews Links in Scotland (The Home of Golf) and the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina (The American Home of Golf).

From mowers for greens, fairway, rough and surrounds to sprayers, aerators, bunker rakes and greens rollers, Toro is the industry leader in nearly every equipment category. Toro also leads the way in golf course irrigation systems.

Toro is golf’s largest business in the turf care category.

“Roughly a third of our business is golf related,” said Bill Brown, Vice President of Toro’s Residential and Contractor Business, and a member of the NGF’s board of directors. “It’s a very important part of our overall business, no question. Most people think of the golf industry as being comprised of golf club and ball manufacturers. For the people that have chosen a career in the golf industry, they understand that it goes a lot further.”

Driven by a culture of understanding and solving customer problems with innovation, Toro has been helping to revolutionize the industries in which it competes since the company was founded in 1914. The company continues to build on its past successes as it enters its second century, with a commitment to fostering long-term customer relationships, delivering highly productive and financially efficient solutions, and supporting industry initiatives to grow the game.

Approximately 1/3 of Toro’s business is connected to the golf industry.

NGF Takeaways

Toro’s high-quality products and legacy of trusting relationships have helped make the company a leading global supplier of turf maintenance equipment and irrigation solutions in the golf industry. It’s why roughly half of all mowers found on the world’s golf courses have Toro branding.

Toro has an active charitable component within the golf industry, having donated $250,000 over the past five years to support the Rounds 4 Research program, which helps increase funding for turfgrass research. Toro has also donated more than $2 million since 1987 to The Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) to help support scientific research, education and scholarships for future turfgrass professionals.

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