Rough Height Factor


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Rough Height is A Significant Factor in a Course’s Rating

Increasing rough height 1” on all 18 holes adds nearly a stroke to a course rating and increases a slope rating by nearly 5.

In addition, we also consider the types of grass.  The affect from warm and cold weather grasses is different.  We consider this significant! Taller rough causes the Rough and Recoverability number to jump, and affects the end result of the rating.

The SNGA and WSNGA, along with other state/regional golf associations, are trained and licensed by the USGA to objectively evaluate 10 obstacle factors when rating a golf course. These obstacle factors include topography, fairway, green target, recoverability and rough, bunkers, out-of-bounds/extreme rough, trees , green surface.

Additional factors are used to evaluate the length of the hole including elevation (tee to green), dogleg/lay up and prevailing winds are also considered.

 
 
 
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