Rough transition at Sea Island


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Sea Island Resort’s Seaside Course has been largely lauded by the rank and file this week with one unique exception.

Officials grew in Bermuda rough for the McGladrey Classic on a course that normally doesn’t have any variation in fairway grass heights. However, they didn’t grow in a collar, or first cut, of rough, which means fairways transition directly to 2-inch rough and create interesting lies for players.

“I’d rather be in the rough instead of (up against the tall grass but still on fairway),” said Joe Durant whose tee shot at the 16th hole on Saturday came to rest in one of the “no man” zones. “You don’t know if it will come out fluffy or fly.”

Mark Love, the tournament’s executive director, said officials considered adding a “collar” of rough but didn’t want to narrow the fairways any further.

“We felt like we were leaving them wide enough and didn’t want to bring them in any more,” Love said. “If the wind really blew we didn’t want to take away that extra room.”