USGA Course Rating is an evaluation of the difficulty of a golf course for scratch golfers . (More specifically, the number is an estimate of the average scores of the best 50-percent of rounds played by scratch golfers at the course being rated .)
The higher the slope number, the harder the course is for the bogey golfer relative to the difficulty of the course for the scratch golfer. Slope numbers can range anywhere between 55 and 155 with the average slope in the United States being 120.
The Course Rating is a number, close to par for the course , and is expressed with a single decimal digit. For example: If par for a course is 72, it’s Course Rating might be 71.4. Rating values go up with difficulty.
(Eight of our top 50 were created by the man they call the “Marquis de Sod.”) The Ocean has the highest combination of Slope Rating (155) and Course Rating (79.6) in America, according to the U.S. Golf Association.
These numbers come in handy for calculating a handicap after you have played some rounds. For example, say you go out and shoot an 85 over 18 holes. You could then look up the course and subtract the course rating from your score, in this case 85 -71 = 14.
If you want to be considered good you at least need to have an official handicap . The survey found golfers around 16 to 20 handicap to be the average golfer . The USPAG puts the “official” average at a 15 handicap . This would mean a player who typically scores around 90 on the average course.
So, Slope Rating is a term trademarked by the USGA that indicates the measurement of the relative playing difficulty of a course for Bogey Golfers , compared to Scratch Golfers . Course Rating tells Scratch Golfers how difficult the course will be; Slope Rating tells Bogey Golfers how difficult it will be.
A general rule of thumb to determine which tee box is right for you is if you hit your driver under 200 yards, play from the closest tee. If you hit from 200-225 the next farthest tee, and so on. When you are hitting 275+ accurately you should be playing the farthest tees back.
The course and bogey ratings are determined by course raters, who measure and record more than 460 variables on a standard course rating form for each set of tees. Slope ratings are in the range from 55 to 155, with a course of standard playing difficulty having a rating of 113.
Being a scratch golfer is defined as “a player who can play to a Course Handicap of zero on any and all rated golf courses.” Most of us would associate it with having a handicap of zero. In plain words, scratch golf means that on a neutral golf course a player has the ability to shoot par on any given day.
So what is Slope ? Slope merely tells you how “proportionately” more difficult that particular set of tees plays for the higher handicapped golfers as opposed to lower handicapped golfers . The more difficult the tees play proportionately for the higher handicappers, the greater the Slope rating that will be issued.
The World’s 7 Toughest Golf Courses Bethpage Black (New York, United States) Le Touesserok Golf Course (Ile aux Cerfs, Mauritius) The Ocean Course ( Kiawah Island, South Carolina , United States) Carnoustie Golf Links (Dundee, Scotland) Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club (Lijiang, Yunnan, China)
Toughest Courses (Season)
|1||Winged Foot Golf Club||7469|
|2||Memorial Park Golf Course||7432|
|3||Port Royal Golf Course||6828|
|4||Augusta National Golf Club||7475|
Top 50 Toughest Public Golf Courses in the U.S. based on Golf Advisor reviews Black Course at Bethpage State Park . Old American Golf Club. The Robert Trent Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort. The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort. The Stadium Course at PGA West . Pound Ridge Golf Club.