Our height of rough is kept at 3" during the season for a number of reasons.
- Maintenance standards recommended by the club
- Typical rough height of country club facilities in St. Louis
- A healthy height for our cool season grasses to reduce the potential damage from pests,(insects, disease, weeds) water loss from trees during the summer, and cart traffic.
- Longer leaf blade can generate more chlorophyll which is the building block of the plant leading to the development of more energy for bigger and deeper root systems and thickens the leaf blade which can help protect it further from pests.
- Reduces the competitiveness of bermuda grass until the heat of July and August.
- Protects the scoring of the golf course which has no fairway bunkering.
"Learning how the ball will react from different types of lies is a real key to success in the spring time.
When the ball is lying down in that tall green rough that we are experiencing now, try the 7,8,9 irons and play the ball back in your stance to create a steeper attack angle."
The University of Missouri has a guide sheet for proper mowing practices which includes a discussion on proper height of healthy well maintained turfgrass.
A view of a ball in the rough.
The same view but a close up. Yes that is 3-4" rough.