Golf courses have man-made designed hazards to make the course more interesting. There is water and bunkers. This is what the Official Rules of Golf designate as hazards. To a golfer, a hazard is anything that is hazardous to the ultimate golf score. Another hazard on the golf course is the Canada Geese. Goose control is a hot topic for golf course workers and superintendents. It takes effort to keep the course clean and green. With geese running amuck depositing their droppings everywhere they go just adds to the cleaning up portion of the course maintenance worker’s job.
Golfers are not very happy stomping in goose droppings or having their golf balls rolling around in the droppings. Golfers pay a lot of money to play a course usually, and they should not have to worry about picking up their golf ball and having to sanitize their hands each time they touch it. When geese are present, their residual feathers are usually all over the place as well.
Goose control is especially relevant with golf courses that have a lot of water features. The goose control problem even filters over into the surrounding luxury homes, condos and apartments that are often built around the golf courses. The noise of the geese is also a factor. A golfer lined up for a shot does not like to be distracted by the geese flapping their wings or diving into the pond.
Goose Control Methods
How can the golf course and paying golfers be spared from the geese? The course and players are spared by applying a goose control method or two. Visual bird diverters, or bird scares, placed sporadically around the waterholes with bird deterrent balloons attached to a type of stake pounded in the ground would be a great start to getting rid of the pest birds. A goose control using a visual deterrent such as the visual balloon deterrent, works by frightening the geese away. As the balloon will look like a decorative item to the golfer, it is a predator to the pest birds. The “mock” predator eye is printed on the sides of the balloon. The surface of this visual bird deterrent is shiny and reflective which adds to the uncomfortable visual stimuli of the pest bird, confusing and frightening the bird and forcing the feathered nuisance to find an alternate bathing, resting and eating place. These balloon diverters can also be hung in trees, wherever the problem occurs. There are also diverters that act in the same way, but they are not balloon shaped. They are more flat but still have the shiny surface and the predator markings which confuse and scare the geese.
There are also motion activated sprinklers and sound goose deterrents that work well in unison with the visual scares. A professional from a successful bird control company will be able to guide you to the best combination of goose control methods that will keep the course free from the Canada Geese.