Rough vs. No Rough

Many golf courses around the U.S. have a rough cut, along with a first cut. But you will find many courses that do not have rough which will cut down on the irrigation costs. The fairway could either feed into waste bunkers or pine straw or out of bounds. Playing courses without any rough is very difficult, because it forces your to control your golf ball. No rough golf course obvsiouly tend to have larger fairways but they are also firm. So the ball tends to run out and its harder to control distance. As no rough cut’s down the water usage, many grasses like fescue or Bermuda can be used for rough too because they don’t require much water. Poppy Hills Golf Course is a great example of a this types of course, back in 2013 they redesigned to help with irrigation and drainage. As a result they were able to reduce irrigation costs by 25% by eliminating the rough. A few other course to name that don’t have rough are Gamble Sands Golf Course – Brewster, Washington, Streamsong Resort (Blue and Red Courses) – Streamsong, Florida and Tiburon Resort (Gold and Black Courses) – Naples, Florida.

Most people probably don’t think of golf course expenses when they think of a no rough golf course. But if you think about, no rough speeds up golf course maintenance and would be cheaper in the long run. Not having to maintain rough, keeps blades sharp on mowers as well. Courses with rough can also be exciting, growing out the rough along green sides makes for interesting play as the ball can burry deep making it very difficult to hit certain shot types. Both types of course whether it has rough or no rough, calls for different playing styles. A no rough course usually calls for a lot of low running shots, rather then high flop shots. A course with course can handle a low running show but also gives you the option to hit the high soft flop shot.

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