Course Rating Report -2010
The PEIGA is charged by the RCGA with the responsibility to determine
the measurements including course and slope ratings for all courses in the Province.
Course Rating is an objective evaluation of difficulty based on playing
factors including effective length; roll; elevation; forced lay-ups; prevailing wind; topography; fairway width; green size, speed and contour; rough and recoverability; bunkers; hazards; out-of bounds; tress and so on.
Slope Rating is an integral part of handicapping and its value measures the relative difference in difficulty in playing the course for a scratch and bogey golfer. The Slope Rating is then used to adjust the player’s handicap index to account for this difference.
Whether it is the Course Rating or Slope Rating the system is designed to ensure players can be equitably compared – whether it is at one course or different courses.
We measure and/or rate any course where there have been physical
changes made that would impact how the course is played (ie: yardage
changes, new bunkers, greens, water hazards and so on). A newly
constructed course is rated once every three years until it is 9 years old
while established courses are rated at least once every 10 years.
Accuracy and consistency are key to effective course rating. Measurements and ratings are conducted by experienced raters who are volunteers of the PEIGA.
This year proved to be another outstanding year for course rating on Prince Edward Island. Through the efforts of a very dedicated group of volunteers we were able to complete a total of 14 course ratings
(men’s and ladies) and I am pleased to advise that our ratings are now 100% up to date, in excellent shape overall and well within the RCGA time guidelines.
Participating in the Course Rating process gives one a better understanding of not only course design and what makes a good hole but how use better course management in playing the game. We have
recruited a number of new raters that will be joining us next year and we will be conducting a course rating seminar in April to train them. If anyone else has an interest in course rating please contact us and
we will be glad to discuss it with you.
On behalf of the PEIGA we want express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the outstanding dedication and effort put forth by members of both rating teams during the past year – your efforts
were invaluable and are truly appreciated.
Joyce MacLellan & Wayne Levy
Co-Chairs, Course Rating, PEIGA
Courses Rated in 2010
Rollo Bay Greens