The Ager Golf Course will replace its fairway bluegrass with creeping bentgrass in an experimental program with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln turfgrass program.
The Ager course, 3761 Normal Blvd., will be closed for the fairway reseeding on Monday and then again on Aug. 23 and Sept. 5.
The bentgrass, which requires less water and nitrogen and is susceptible to fewer diseases, is expected to reduce maintenance costs, said Lynn Johnson, Parks and Recreation director.
The course is working with the UNL turfgrass program this year to provide apprenticeships for students preparing for careers as golf course superintendents or field managers.
The city expects it will cost between $5,000 to $7,000 to establish the bentgrass, with the city covering a third of the cost, Johnson said. The university will pay two-thirds.
But the city expects to save $2,000 to $7,000 due to less water and fertilizer expense.
“Establishing the creeping bentgrass in an actively used course like Ager allows our team, including graduate students, great research opportunities,” said Bill Kreuser, extension turfgrass specialist.
Ager has had periodic partial fairway overseeding during its 53 years, said Casey Crittenden, golf course maintenance coordinator.
“The age of the existing turf has led to ongoing diseases and weed issues, and our team is looking forward to the changes within the fairway starting this fall.”
The practice putting green and driving range will remain open on the days the course is closed. Cart traffic will not be allowed on the fairways for one week after the Sept. 5 seeding.