I play on public courses in CT most of the year. If anyone else plays similar courses you will understand the frustration you feel when your ball ends up sitting on packed down dirt in the rough.
Today, I came up short on a long par 3, and I had about 15 yds to the green. The lie in terms of the ground's flatness was fine. But what I hated was that the ball was sitting on a patch of packed down dirt with very little grass, it was even in a bit of a crevasse of dirt. I took out my 56 but couldn't get it on the green. I sent the ball flying over the green.
Is this just an unfortunate reality of playing on public golf courses? It seems impossible to make a good shot with these kinds of lies.