Shouts of “Fore!” and the hushed voices of commentators will once again be heard by thousands of spectators and millions of television viewers at the 91st PGA Championship being held at the acclaimed Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska Minnesota on 10-16 August.
What they won’t hear is the buzz of generators and air conditioners because Aggreko, the global leader in rental power, temperature control and oil-free compressed air solutions, is once again providing quiet rental power, heating and cooling for the tournament. Aggreko will be keeping the sold-out crowds of championship golf fans comfortable at Hazeltine, which is also the site of the 2016 Ryder Cup.
Aggreko is providing the temporary power and temperature control for 33 corporate chalets, the 36,000ft² Trophy Club tent, the Champions Club, the Hazeltine Members Club, the 28,800ft² championship golf shop, the media center and dining tents, the PGA Learning Center (complete with interactive golf simulators), and the new Mercedes-Benz display tent with a 10ft x 60ft video wall. In addition, Aggreko is powering 33 office trailers, six kitchens, five concession stands, 40 light towers for security – and the ball washer on the driving range.
“The PGA Championship will be witnessed by millions of golf fans around the world,” said Todd Fasano, senior project manager, Aggreko event services. “The organizers of the tournament know that Aggreko provides the most experienced crew and the quietest, most unobtrusive equipment, keeping the spectators comfortable and the event running smoothly.”
An event of this size requires tons of Aggreko equipment, including:
- Enough power for 480 medium-sized homes
- Enough air-conditioning to keep 500 medium-sized homes cool
A crew of 11 Aggreko technicians from across North America has been working on the preparation and installation since 22 June. They will remain until the equipment removal is complete on 1 September.
Low sound emissions are required for any golf tournament, but each course throws up its own particular obstacles. For instance, during the Hazeltine set-up, wind gusts of 50mph from Lake Hazeltine delayed the building of the tents and the start of the equipment installation, but the experienced Aggreko crew was still able to set up all of the equipment before the deadline.
“Aggreko’s unparalleled expertise in power and temperature control makes them stand apart from any other company,” said Michael Belot, tournament director. “Their technicians are trained to handle any situation that may arise. Aggreko will help us make this the smoothest running PGA Championship yet.”
Aggreko has a long history of powering the most high-profile events in the world, including several Olympic Games, the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, the Daytona 500 and New York’s Fashion Week.