Precision fan with Honda engine

Departments - Travels with Terry

June 7, 2016

This Precision oscillating greens fan is totally portable, as the original electric motor was replaced with a Honda 23 HP Model GX690 Engine using the original pulleys and adjustable fan belt. The RPMs are the same, with only less than one-half throttle required. The throttle, choke, hour meter and on/off switch came with the engine and the wiring was extended to the control panel on the outside of the fan. A Honda car muffler was installed with a 1-inch pipe for a very quiet operation, as it has one-half the decimals of a generator and is covered with a mesh screen for safety.

The oscillation is now powered with a Model 220-1500W PowerBright ERP converter that is operated by the 12-volt battery. An 18-gallon fuel tank was acquired from Northern Tool & Equipment. The total conversion cost about $3,200 and it took less than a day to complete. This original design concept was performed by JR Wilson, equipment manager, and Brian Goleski, superintendent, at the Noyac Golf Club in Sag Harbor, Long Island, N.Y.

Fairway Yardage Markers

The 27-hole Heron Creek Golf & Country Club, in North Port, Fla., previously used green and white striped “barber poles” placed in sleeves to mark 150 yards from the greens. Tommy Rainey, superintendent, replaced them using one pallet of Nature Walk Oak Patio Stones (approximately 19 inches by 13 inches by 1 ¾ inches) from Home Depot and made in-house yardage markers designating 100, 150 and 200 yards, with 250 yards on the par 5s. Two packets of 4-inch high stencils along with a ¾-inch air chisel attachment for an air gun was used to engrave the numbers into the stones. Each number was then painted flat black using about 1 gallon of paint. The staff placed them into the Tifway 419 Bermudagrass fairways and they are edged as needed. Total cost was less than $750 and it took less than 30 minutes to complete each stone.

Terry Buchen, CGCS, MG, is president of Golf Agronomy International. He’s a 41-year, life member of the GCSAA. He can be reached at 757-561-7777 or