As mentioned earlier this week the Board has approved the purchase of a fan that will be installed at the rear of the 17th West green. Avondale GC in Sydney have used the fans over the past two summers with great success on greens that have little or no air movement around them. This is certainly the case for the 17th West green where I have observed on many occasions the flag hanging limp from no air movement compared to the 13th and 16th green flags that are fluttering away. This lack of air movement also results in increased ambient, surface and soil temperatures which have been consistently recorded at 17th West in comparison to other greens. The temperature measurements at the 17th (and the Bent practice green) are regularly 3 – 6 degrees warmer than other greens. I have recorded a soil temperature at 17 West of 36 degrees which when compared to the text book telling you that Bentgrass roots start dying at 25 degrees illustrates just how tough an environment it is in.