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The Many Benefits of Dredging a Golf Course Pond

Have you ever seen a golf course that has multiple water holes that look and smell like they’ve seen better days?

  • Weeds
  • Noxious odors
  • Water scum
  • Discolored water

Those are just some of the issues that can negatively affect a golf course pond that doesn’t undergo annual dredging. Many golf course maintenance departments think that they can solve the problem of unsightly water by dumping a couple of 5-gallon buckets of herbicide into the water.

The problem with chemicals is that they’re only a short-term solution and they can be extremely hazardous to both plant and aquatic life. They also tend to be a recurring monthly cost, which can add up to tens of thousands of dollars throughout a year.

We’re going to look at why dredging is a viable and cost-effective alternative to the dumping of a 5-gallon bucket of chemicals into the water method.

Intake Cleaning

Golf course ponds serve multiple purposes above and beyond being a proverbial black hole whose insatiable appetite requires it to be fed a steady supply of $5 golf balls on a daily basis.

Many golf courses use their ponds as water retention devices that the irrigation system pulls from nightly. If it weren’t for the ponds, the water bill of a single golf course could easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of 12 short months.

A properly cleaned intake will prevent the million-dollar irrigation system from becoming fouled up with gunk, grim, and algae. An intake screen cleaning service will help prevent any damage from occurring to the irrigation system.

Not only can screens be cleaned, but they can be repaired and replaced if they’ve become too far damaged. By dredging the ponds on an annual basis, little preventative maintenance goes a long way.

Formation of Sand Bars

From the minute the golf course pond was initially filled with water, Mother Nature has been trying to reclaim the land that is rightfully hers. Through natural processes, the earth attempts to absorb the water and turn it into a swamp, then a mosquito-infested marsh, then a grassy field.

Sandbars can form when water conditions deteriorate to the point where the pond is just a few months away from completely drying up. Dredging will remove sand, muck, and sediment that has accumulated over the past year. It will also restore aquatic life and water clarity.

Nuisance Algae, Weeds, and Cattails

You can often smell a dirty pond long before you see it. The yellow/green algae on the surface of the water starts to look like toxic sludge and can give off offensive odors. If left unchecked, the algae bloom will take over the entire pond and choke the life right out of it by blocking the sun and eating up all the nutrients.

Dredging can remove the layer of organic sediment at the bottom of the pond which feeds these nuisance algae blooms. As a bonus, the organic material dredged up can be used as high-quality fertilizer for plants, shrubs, or even sprinkled over patches of grass that have turned to dirt.


Last, but most certainly not least, are the overall aesthetics that a properly dredged golf course pond offers. Golfers pay big money for the chance to be challenged by 9 or 18 holes. If they encounter unsightly ponds that haven’t been maintained in ages, the chances of them coming back to play another round are slim-to-none.

The beauty of a golf course is part of the experience, and if golfers have a poor experience due to smelly or unsightly water, it’s going to cause sales and revenue to drop.

By creating an annual maintenance plan that includes dredging, golf courses can save tens of thousands of dollars in maintenance costs. No longer will many expensive and potentially hazardous chemicals have to be purchased and dumped into the water holes.

A properly dredged pond will not only add value and beauty to the golf course, but it will also create for a memorable experience that will have golfers coming back again and again.

Golf Course Pond Maintenance

At American Underwater Services, we specialize in the dredging and maintenance of golf course ponds. Our experts have decades of experience that can benefit both you and the golf course you’ve been tasked with maintaining.

Lower your annual pond maintenance budgets by scheduling dredging once a year. Both golfers and wildlife alike will be thankful that you did.

Give us a call today at (817) 377-8512 for a free quote. We are headquartered in Texas but can travel to any state. No job is too big or too small for our expert team of golf course dredgers!




Anthony Di Iulio the founder, president and co-owner of American Underwater Services, Inc., started his business in 1999 with only three employees. Today this commercial diving company employs nearly 30 people and handles over 500 projects annually. Anthony moved to Fort Worth from Louisiana with his family in 1976. He worked summers during high school welding underwater for a marina on Benbrook Lake. Eventually he took scuba lessons after almost drowning on the job. Those lessons led him to training at a deep sea diving school in Houston, which included training on offshore oil rigs. Anthony spent several years in Louisiana working on offshore rigs and on inland jobs at power plants and dams before starting American Underwater Services, Inc.


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