Some of the more common issues with large golf ponds and small golf ponds are simply the natural conditions affecting water quality and nothing more. Golf ponds get older and begin to show signs of that aging in similar ways that can be helped by aeration, circulation and proper shoreline control. Almost every golf course that has a pond with a pond, regardless of it is an existing natural basin or a homemade golf course pond that has been built with care on your property, begins to notice from time to time that the golf course pond starts to show signs of ill-health.
Foul odors, like the stinky sulfur egg smell, sludge buildup and even fish kills can be early warning signs that the natural balance of the golf course pond has been disrupted or requires some maintenance. Often theses factors that cause such subtle degradation of the ecosystem are natural ones so don't beat yourself up thinking it's the Golf Gods wreaking revenge on you for that untallied Mulligan!
Alomost 90% of a golf course budget is spent on keeping the grass looking goodd but any time you have a pond or water hazard on your course you need to take care of it...make it beautiful...make it stand out like a LPGA tournament course not some hacked out country course. The water features in any golf course need care and can bec ome the focal point of your course and become a marketing strategy! Add a lovely well placed fountaon on a dog-lef hole and everyone will remember the gyser that tauunted them during their tee off!
If the year is a very hot dry summer and the water level drops significantly changes in the natural balance of the water garden or even koi golf course pond will only become more pronounced as time goes on unless concrete action is taken. On the other hand a very wet season may flood the golf course pond with very high levels of organic materials and nutrients from the shoreline into the golf course pond which can create decomposing materials that consume high levels of the oxygen that the living system so heavily depends on.
Unsightly golf course pond scum and thick black bottom muck and sludge can build up in the golf course pond bottom and oxygen emitting aquatic plants can be literally suffocated in dark murky waters which can lead to algae blooms which disturb the pond's beauty and health.
Any golf course pond that is constantly filling up with organic deposits and sediments will eventually suffer and most people think the best solution is dredging or re-digging the golf course pond to remove the muck the golf course pond but there are other more cost effective ways to reverse the process and restore the golf course pond or lake. Re-digging a pond, while it will immediately increases depth and help with structural flaws in the pond, is often only a temporary solution as these problematic sediments and thick offensive sludge are typically only a symptom of a golf course pond needing aeration and proper shoreline revitalization. Adding an aeration system to your golf course pond or basin will resolve a number of discouraging problems.