Late this week, turf fans will be installed adjacent to South Course greens #4 and #8. The decision to purchase the fans was based on the annual challenges of the growing environment of these areas and a recommendation of the USGA, after a site visit last August.
The weather the past two years has been extremely challenging to maintain high quality turf on the greens, primarily because they are located in a the low lying micro-environment. At times in late July and August, because of poor air movement, the areas become extremely warm. This puts an incredible amount of stress on the grass of the greens.
During the high heat of 2012, surface temperatures reached 102 - 104 degrees on both greens for consectutive days (on several occasions)....which does not bode well for our high annual bluegrass population. The fans will provide cooler surface temperature and will be operating during the day and night as weather dictates.
The fans were purchased from Precision USA and are 50" wide and 7.5 horse power. They have an effective range of 150 feet and move 48,000 cubic feet of air per minute.
The specific locations, identified on the aerial photo below with yellow dots, adjacent to greens #4 and #8, were determined by Westfield staff and representatives from Precision, U.S.A. Two primary factors were considered when determining the locations:
- Effective range of fan
- Impact to play
The fans will have minimal impact on play, they are quiet and will not move a ball on the green. As a matter of fact, you may enjoy the breeze on a stifling hot summer afternoon just as the grass does.