NEWS RELEASE   July 07, 2023

Flying the John Deere Flag

Crestmead, Queensland (7 July, 2023) — To many in the golf and turf industry around Perth, Phil Gooch is a familiar name.

For nearly 20 years, he was the go-to contact at local machinery dealerships, including CJD Equipment, where he helped Gosnells Golf Club with the maintenance of its first delivery of John Deere mowers.

Now employed at the Club as a mechanic, his appreciation of the quality and value delivered by John Deere equipment continues in his work overseeing the performance of machines on the course.

"When the Club was in the market for some new equipment recently, I was quite keen to get some more John Deere into the shed," Mr Gooch said.

Corey Clark is now the man representing John Deere in Perth with local dealer AFRGI Equipment, and was happy to assist with the order.

Gosnells received two 7700A PrecisionCut™ Fairway Mowers, a 2700 E-Cut™ Hybrid Triplex Mower, a 2653B PrecisionCut Trim and Surrounds Mower and a 8800A TerrainCut™ Trim, Rough & Surrounds Mower.

"Corey puts his heart and soul into the job, and was a big factor in the club doing business with AFGRI," Mr Gooch said.

"He's been very proactive in making sure our needs are catered for. If we have any questions or concerns, he'll go out of his way to address them.

"I actually sent him a photo of some of the new machines out on the course the other day doing a great job."

The course, located in the southern Perth suburb of Canning Vale, boasts 5893 metres of manicured fairways, undulating greens and a natural Australian bush setting.

The original Gosnells Golf Club in Maddington was opened in May 1946, before Athol Doig discovered the current site while working as a quarry engineer and developed the new course alongside club champion Lindsay George and designer Murray Dawson.

It's described by Brendan James in Golf Australia magazine as one of Perth's most underrated courses:

The course generally plays firm and fast, the bunkering is plentiful, the putting surfaces roll wonderfully smooth and the lies well into the rough can be on sparse sandy ground beneath the trees. And, most importantly, the design asks plenty of questions of your game from tee-to-green. There are plenty of highlights throughout the round at Gosnells, with a great mix of long and short par-3s and par-4s ensuring you will need to use every club in the bag.

Graham Marsh, one of Australia's leading golf professionals throughout the 1970s and 80s, played much of his early golf at Gosnells, before returning in the mid-1990s to help redesign parts of the course.

The Gosnells Open draws hundreds of visitors to the Club each year, with Josiah Edwards and Celine Chen crowned the champions at the 2023 event recently.

"It's our biggest event each year, so it's a real showcase for the course," Mr Gooch said.

"In the leadup to the tournament we mow the fairways three times a week and the greens every day to make sure it's in top condition.

"We also stripe the fairways which adds a fair bit of time to the preparation.

"The new equipment really came in handy for us. The feedback from the team has been positive, and personally it's nice to have come full circle and be working with John Deere again."

About John Deere:

Deere & Company is a global leader in the delivery of agricultural, golf & turf, construction, and forestry equipment. We help our customers push the boundaries of what's possible in ways that are more productive and sustainable to help life leap forward. Our technology-enabled products including the John Deere Autonomous 8R Tractor and See & Spray™ are just two of the ways we help meet the world's increasing need for food, shelter, and infrastructure. Deere & Company also provides financial services through John Deere Financial. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at or in Australia at

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