For several years, the USGA Green Section Turf Advisory Service has recommended the installation of fans on some of our greens that have more challenging growing conditions. With extreme weather conditions now becoming more the rule than the exception, we will be following the advice of the USGA and others, and installing fans at the two putting greens and #14 this spring.
Digging for the pad.
In order to provide air movement across the entire putting surface, the fans are large...and heavy. Each fan weighs over 480 pounds. With that much weight mounted on a pole like a lollipop, a strong base is needed. This week we excavated the holes for the fan pads, digging to a depth of 5.5 feet, and poured 1,000 pounds of concrete for each fan location.