Limestone for Golf Courses

Author/Reviewed By: Josh Miller, Sales Manager: Baker Lime & North America Minerals
Published: 1/22/2019 – Updated: 10/28/2021

Millions of people enjoy golfing in the United States and thousands play the game professionally. Clubs must make managing golf course grass and soil a top priority to ensure a high quality of play and good aesthetics.

To assist in that mission, Baker Lime provides a variety of limestone-based products designed to aid in soil care for golf courses.

How to Maintain Golf Course Grass

Budgets will affect how much a golf course can do with its annual management. Even if you can’t swing some of the higher-end technology, some necessary steps that most clubs take for healthy golf courses include:

  • Mowing: Mowing a golf course is often demanding, as it must meet specific play requirements while remaining healthy and looking good. It must also be done when golfers aren’t on the green. Cutting too low can damage the grass, but an appropriate cut can encourage healthy growth.


  • Fertilizing: Good fertilization programs are necessities for golf courses, as they can improve the overall look and health of the grass. Proper fertilizer application can result in better root development, appealing grass color and dense growth.


  • Testing soils: You need to understand your location’s soil qualities before implementing other maintenance plans. You should annually test the ground to ascertain its pH level, the wrong soil pH level can dramatically affect the grass in multiple ways.

Golf ball on the golf course

Benefits of Lime for Golf Courses

Conducting a pH test is vital for understanding the chemical composition of the ground. Your needs will vary depending on the grass species, but most tend to thrive when levels sit between 5.5 and 10. Lower numbers indicate higher acidity, which can generate a flurry of adverse effects.

If you need to balance the soil pH of your golf course, limestone will increase the pH and make the soil more basic. The benefits of balancing the pH level of your golf course include:

  • Foster soil microorganisms: Soil is more complicated than most people realize, as it relies on all kinds of microbes to function well. By liming the soil, you’ll produce a better environment for these little helpers, who falter in acidic environments. Golf course turfgrass can benefit tremendously from nitrogen fertilizer, and microbes can break them down quicker and release them into the soil. Another critical role they fill is the decomposition of thatch, which can create major disruptions to golf play.


  • Increase resistance to disease: You must be constantly aware of turfgrass disease, as many strains can flourish in acidic soil and ruin the looks of your course. Lime will not cure preexisting conditions, but adding lime to your golf course help with pH balancing and will nurture stronger grass that’s mostly free of defects. With greater immunity, you’ll be more likely to avoid nasty afflictions like pathogenic fungi that can damage golf courses.


  • Prevent weed growth: Besides the obvious issue of being unsightly, weeds can impede ball paths and infuriate golfers who expect a well-manicured playing surface. Acidic soil can significantly contribute to the growth of difficult weeds like moss and Shepherd’s Purse. Adding lime will aid in prevention efforts.

Trust Baker Lime to Supply Lime for Your Golf Course

If you need lime for your golf course, Baker Lime has assisted customers throughout various industries for more than 130 years. We get our limestone from the heart of York, PA, and we’ve gained consistent praise for its high purity and particle fineness.

You can purchase lime in multiple forms (pelletized, powder) and compositions to address your needs. Find and contact your local Baker Lime dealer today with any questions!


Additional Liming Resources:

Health & Maintenance for Turfgrass

Lime for Athletic Fields

Is Lime Harmful to Humans?