Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Course rating day

The golf course is being re-rated today. 
Some of the old factors of the rating system are no longer in use, so the rating may or may not change.  The rating sheets are shown in the photo below.  I will have a full report when the rating is complete.
The biggest discussion I hear in regards to the course is the handicaps from the different tees.  This situation requires more than simply taking your course handicap to the first tee and firing away.  There are a few steps to calculating the shots necessary to level the playing field.
This is taken from the usga website, where the entire process is explained:
My Handicap Index converts to the same Course Handicap from two different sets of tees. This system must be screwed up because I definitely score higher on the longer set of tees and I need more strokes. Example, a player has a Handicap Index of 10.4. The white set of tees has a Course Rating of 70.9 and a Slope Rating of 118. The blue tee has a Course Rating of 73.1 and a Slope Rating of 122. In both cases 10.4 converts to a Course Handicap of 11. As we learned in Example 1, the Slope Rating allows us to receive enough strokes to play to the level of a scratch golfer from a particular set of tees. So, when this player plays the white set of tees, he needs 11 strokes to play down to the Course Rating of 70.9. When he plays the blue set of tees, he needs 11 strokes to play down to the Course Rating of 73.1. So, to play to his Course Handicap, he needs to score 70.9 + 11 = 81.9 or 82 from the white tees and 73.1 + 11 = 84.1 or 84 from the blue tees. The system recognizes the difficulty difference in the two sets of tees, but it doesn't show up until we take into account both the Course Rating and the Slope Rating.
Visit this link for a thorough discussion.

Hope this helps, 

Sent from Erwin's phone, please excuse grammar and punctuation.

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