If you run a golf course, then you already realize the importance of having a pump on your property. Without a pump, you may lose customers since the grass will get dry or overly wet. In most cases, golf course pumps will be made of the same general components, which include the following:
- Main Components- Most golf course pump stations will have a controller, a control valve, two main or booster pumps, a jockey pump, and a hydropneumatic tank. You can find options with either centrifugal or vertical turbine pumps. Vertical turbine pumps will sit below the water level, but have the motor above. Centrifugal pumps, on the other hand, have both components above the water level. All of these components will usually be set up on a concrete slab or steel base by a pond or lake so they can easily work together.
- The Main and Booster Pumps- When most people talk about golf course pumps, they are referring to the main or booster pumps, which are part of the overall pump station. While the majority of stations need two of these pumps, some smaller courses will only require one. The booster pumps work to force pond water so it enters the hydropneumatic tank.
- Bringing in Air- As with any similar machine, golf course pumps need airflow in order to function. The air in these systems will enter via reversed check valves or stuffing valves when you don’t have vertical turbine pumps on. The air will enter the area between the pond’s natural level and pump head’s check valves. Starting the pump forces this air out, getting the system moving.