Floating Cars at PGA Tour Events: How Do They Do That?


Is it the future? Magic? Science? Sorcery?

Apparently, the most pressing question from the WGC-Cadillac Championship has nothing to do with Dustin Johnson and everything to do with the Cadillacs floating in the middle of ponds at the Blue Monster.

So how do they do that? Here’s an inside look from the PGA Tour at how those cars got put in place at Trump Doral.

The company tasked with ‘floating’ cars at PGA Tour events is ASV, a California-based events and experiential marketing company that’s been making cars walk on water for over 20 years. According to the company website, the key to getting the perfect float involves getting the bottom of the tires to line up exactly with the top of the lake. The cars generally sit in 15’-20’ of water.

Here’s a cool time-lapse video of ASV floating cars from last year at the 2014 Kia Classic.

As you can imagine, getting these cars to stay in place is no easy feat. The cars need to be re-leveled every morning due to irrigation and evaporation that changes the water level on a daily basis. They also need to be cleaned off just in case any birds decided to ‘do their business.’

ASV claims to have never lost a car in the 20 years they’ve been doing this. That in itself sounds pretty magical to us.

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