The caretakers at my local course apparently are intentionally letting the rough grow out to ridiculous proportions this year. They have no intentions on mowing it any time soon, which is a huge problem for any shots not on the fairway as it is. It's already 6 to 7 inches deep in most parts, right up to the fringe of the putting greens. We were out for our weekly men's league, and there were more people out just walking in circles than actually taking shots, on account of not being able to spot their ball.
Doesn't this neglect actually change the rating and slope of the course? I thought the course would at least have to be maintained to the condition it was in when it was last rated, would it not?