fes·cue | \ˈfe-(ˌ)skyü \

Definition of fescue 

1 : a small pointer (such as a stick) used to point out letters to children learning to read

2 : any of a genus (Festuca) of tufted perennial grasses with panicled spikelets

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But on the whole, Shinnecock Hills remains one of the toughest courses in the U.S., thanks in no small part to the fescue rough. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Why the U.S. Open Wants Golfers to Suffer," 11 June 2018 Shinnecock is a tough course to begin with and the USGA made several changes to make the course even more difficult, including adding thick fescue rough on the borders of the fairways and around the bunkers. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Scott Gregory Shoots First-Round 92 at U.S. Open," 14 June 2018 At the request of the USGA, which runs the tournament, the club removed thousands of yards of fairway grass and replaced it with fescue rough. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Why the U.S. Open Wants Golfers to Suffer," 11 June 2018 At 7,440 yards and with deep fescue rough flanking the fairways, Shinnecock tests players’ length and accuracy off the tee. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Players aren't only ones feeling heat at U.S. Open," 11 June 2018 The course, with its sand blow-outs, bouncy fescue turf and panoramas that evoke Montana or Idaho, is like nothing else in Wisconsin. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: How Sand Valley Golf Resort is transforming central Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 He and Jones created generous fairways, large greens and numerous bunkers bordered by tall fescue grass (way more playable than the fescue at Shinnecock Hills for the U.S. Open). Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Makeover of Corica Park South Course in Alameda a triumph," 21 June 2018 Once we were finished, each of us would take home the equivalent of one quarter of a 335-pound side, which had come from an animal that had spent its life in a pasture feasting on foxtail and fescue. Vogue, "3 Writers On Living Sustainably In 2018," 21 June 2018 His three wood was fanned way right and found the thick fescue. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Tiger Woods Shoots 78 in First Round of U.S. Open at Shinnecock," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of fescue

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fescue

Middle English festu stalk, straw, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin festucum, from Latin festuca

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