Golf Course Goose Control

Golf course goose control is a hot topic among golf course superintendents and those who work to keep courses green and clean. A flock of geese (or ducks) can wreak havoc on a golf course. They trample greens and fairways. These bird pestsGolf_Course_Geese.jpg “deposit” droppings (manure) everywhere they go. No golfer likes to step in goose droppings or have the golf ball they just putted rolling through them. Flocks of geese also leave residual feathers littered about as well. Goose control is especially relevant on golf courses that have lakes and water features.

Also, many courses are surrounded by luxury homes, condos, apartments and resorts. No homeowner or hotel guest wants to have to constantly be on the lookout for goose droppings on lawns and sidewalks. Plus flocks of geese are noisy and annoying in most cases. Many geese have discontinued their yearly migration and taken up permanent residence on courses. So what can be done about geese at golf courses and surrounding areas you may ask? There are several options available.

While no solution is likely to be 100% effective at deterring geese, many devices can ease goose pressure or more them to a different area, keeping them out of desired areas. Some solutions may be more feasible than others, especially since golf courses are meant to be aesthetically pleasing. No golfer wants a siren or distress call blaring next to the green as they are about to putt. offers several products that may be used on golf courses in the battle against geese.

Methyl anthranilate spray chemical repellants can be applied to an area to deter geese. In a few cases a physical deterrent, such as bird control netting or bird deterrent spikes may be utilized with near 100% effectiveness.

The use of auditory deterrents will not likely be feasible on a golf course, but infrequent, planned use may be workable. These devises often emit noises that irritate humans as well, but may be used on certain occasions to move geese that are especially troublesome.

Visual deterrents are probably most useful on golf courses for goose control. Predator Feathers, built by can be placed around greens and along “paths” that problem geese frequently travel. Other reflective devices may provide deterrent value, including bird scare flash tape and rotating reflective pyramids. Our Scare-inator integrated device uses an inflatable human-figure and a strobe light to scare geese. A 12 volt deep cycle battery is needed to power the controls and fan.

Predator decoys may be effective at deterring geese from an area of the course. Flashing strobe lights are sometimes effective.

dori_pole.jpgThe Dori Pole is a unique goose scare product. It is basically a flashy, streaming banner (many times used in advertising). The banner moves in the wind, scaring geese. It also looks nice and adds a festive feel to an area. They come in a variety of colors to match any need, including favorite sport teams and schools/universities.

Scare eye balloons may be displayed in problem areas. It also may be possible to fly a Jackite in trouble areas.  A large, life-like bird of prey soaring overhead can frighten away your problem geese. sells many of these products. Contact us if you have any questions regarding your specific application. We would be glad to help.

Always remember, birds, especially geese, can quickly (days or weeks) habituate or become accustomed to a deterrent device or approach. Move deterrents often, changing placement and type.  Mix things up frequently.  Read more about this important aspect on the Bird Pest Control Overview page.

Don’t let problem geese ruin or litter your golf course or lakeside area. Use any of the discussed deterrents to move them along and hopefully keep them away for good. It will be hard to break geese who have established a habit or pattern, but with patience and persistence, golf course goose control can be achieved.

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