The USGA Course Rating System is the standard upon which the USGA Handicap System is built. It affects all golfers in the calculation of a Handicap Index. Players "play to their handicaps," when their net scores (gross score-handicap strokes) equal the USGA Course Rating. The USGA Course Rating System takes into account the factors that affect the playing difficulty of a golf course.
Course rating teams from authorized golf associations carry out the on-course portion of the rating process. Authorized golf associations review the work of the teams and then issue ratings.
The rating process requires a study of each hole, including detailed data obtained at all landing zones for both the scratch and the bogey golfer. The rating teams use the average shot lengths for both scratch and bogey golfers to determine the landing zones. Length corrections and obstacle values are considered at each landing zone. Courses must be re-rated at least every 10 years.
The GHIN system will be updated on December 1, 2017 to these new ratings. Scorecards will have the old rating until we run out of cards. Verify your new handicap before playing.
For the new rating CLICK HERE.