Fred Vocino  › Burchfield Park   June 29, 2013 at 4:59am

Went to Burchfield today with a plan to play both courses. After 3.5 hours on Devil's Den I quit after 17 holes; I was tired of looking for my Buzzz and the lightning got closer. Spending most of the time looking for drives in the rough causes me to wonder. With all the attention given to the fairway mowing, is the plant growth right off the fairway an intentional part of the course design? It is difficult to imagine how that growth will appear by the time the CCR Open happens.

Matt Rinker   June 28, 2013 at 9:40pm

it's not necessarily a part of the course design but an unfortunate drawback to the type of rough that is there. I'll be asking the park to widen the fairways and mow strips through the rough to help with the finding.

Fred Vocino   June 29, 2013 at 12:54pm

whew! The design was impressive, so the rough didn't seem to do more than confiscate discs I do expect some punishing plants, including strokes for optional relief or "lost discs ". The OB sand, mando landing and other design features do much to bring risk to the game without slowing play. THANKS!

Geoff Shaw   June 30, 2013 at 1:13pm

i agree the rough is a lil overgrown , but to me thats what makes the course, take away the rough, and you just have open fields. in my opinion, the rough should be left rough

Matt Rinker   June 30, 2013 at 2:44pm

OH, it will be left as rough., I just want it to be a little wider to make the rounds play smoother. Landing in the rough means bad footing, making the fairway a better place to be. But the rough shouldn't mean you spend half your round looking.

Fred Vocino   June 30, 2013 at 3:22pm

There are probably a few competing views about "rough". Even the Designated Hitter in base-ball remains in debate. Rough derives from ball golf where it has a purpose- effecting the club's access to the ball. In DG when we find our disc we pick it up. After that the question is, where ... more

Fred Vocino   June 30, 2013 at 4:06pm

Matt..I sent my long-winded comment without seeing your last comment. You seem to have a grasp of the issue. My point can best be made in reference to Renegade's #17. My drive misses the island by 25' to the left. So, I lie at 2 and cannot see my driver due to the waist high grass. If I co ... more

Geoff Shaw   June 30, 2013 at 6:19pm

yes i see your point, although 17 is a island hole, and if you dont hit the island, you re-tee. But definately, the waist high rough is time consuming of a round. i lost a yellow avenger off to the right of the fairway on 7 today, didnt think it went that far in, but couldnt find it after 20 mins.

Jim Knudson   July 1, 2013 at 8:52am

Tough course Fred. Bring a spotter or 2!

Fred Vocino   July 1, 2013 at 1:02pm

Jim, I think the course leaders understand the rough overgrowth issue. With time, the intended obstacles will develope, and reliance on large sections of hay will diminish. I expect to like Burchfield more as a good balance of rough is found. I play a course in Grand Rapids that is very open and rel ... more