Teaching you and your staff to establish and maintain native plant communities

Golf course native roughs

Native roughs

“The chief object of every golf architect or greenkeeper worth his salt is to imitate the beauties of nature so closely as to make his work indistinguishable from nature itself.”

—Alister MacKenzie

A native rough should appear as if it’s been there the whole time; as if it was there first, and the golf course was dropped into it.

Playability must be an integral feature of the rough. A golf course is at its heart a living game board, and the roughs are part of that.

Roughs can elegantly frame the appearance of a fairway and green, enhancing the architect’s strategy, while serving as a playable surface for an errant shot. Never should they impede play and interfere with the game.

They should be maintained for a minimum of cost and effort, at a predictable budget, using your staff and equipment.

Carefully selected native grasses and perennials will remain low and playable with a minimum of control required for height and density. They thrive with little or no soil amendments, irrigation or fertilizer. And they create a perfect natural setting for your golf course.

  • Playability
  • Natural beauty
  • Low cost of maintenance
  • Distinctive experience for the player

We consult with you and your staff to develop weed free, stable and playable roughs, and to establish a maintenance program that you can implement over the years and generations.