Any thoughts on a pond bank species/turf that will tolerate wet and fertile soil, and that would match a fine fescue (secondary) rough? We have a large pond inside the course that will have homes and golf course around it. So keeping maintenance time down is a concern.
Most pond in MN will have a lot of cattails and reed canary grass is sites like this without vigilance. And runoff from the golf course will add nutrients and could lead to algae bloom. You do want some buffer on the water to minimize runoff and reduce erosion. The more I write, the tougher this seems!!
The best recommendation ecologically is to use native grasses and forbs/wildflowers that will make a good buffer from the course to the water. This can be beautiful and attract wildlife to the area. I would contact a company that specializes in native plants such as Prairie Restoration, http://www.prairieresto.com/, they have a locations throughout Minnesota. They will do a free estimate and give you some ideas and recommend a seed mix for this area. Ideally, it will be wildflowers as well as wetland grasses, like swtichgrass (Panicum), manna grass (Glyceria) and wetland sedges, which are larva food for native butterflies. This can be beautiful, although it may not be what you are thinking of now. It’s important to do what is ecologically sound and sustainable. Wet sites usually support or grow tall plants and dry sites result in short plants, although we might prefer other heights. From limited information, this is my recommendation. However, It is very possible I am reading this situation incorrectly, due to limited information. I am happy to discuss or revisit any time. Send some photos as well, sometimes the site is dry although its near a wetland…another challenge! thanks for asking and good luck,