fes·​cue | \ ˈfe-(ˌ)skyü How to pronounce fescue (audio) \

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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Phil Mickelson hits a shot from the fescue on the 12th hole. Brian Costa, WSJ, "A Rough Day at the U.S. Open for McIlroy, Spieth, Mickelson," 14 June 2018 The approach can be as long as 240 yards uphill, still into the wind—and Friday, the pin was front-left and guarded by more fescue. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "Lengthened and Unforgiving, 14th Hole Is the Most Dreaded at Shinnecock Hills in U.S. Open," 15 June 2018 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

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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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