Golf Association, as the governing body of amateur golf in Nebraska,
is licensed by the United States Golf Association to determine
course and slope ratings for all golf courses in our region.
golf courses are rated on an eight-year cycle and upon request
if major renovations have been made to a course. New golf courses
are re-rated every three years for the first nine years to ensure
the ratings are accurate as a course rapidly matures.
are conducted by NGA staff and a group of experienced volunteer
course raters across the state. NGA course rating teams visit
20-25 golf courses per year. This program is vitally important
to the integrity of the handicap system since the entire system
revolves around accurate USGA Course and Slope ratings.
Volunteer raters usually work mid-week to avoid crowded courses,
in groups of three or more. Course rating consists of quantifying
the difficulty of each hole on fourteen different factors for
both Scratch (0 handicap) and Bogey (18 handicap for men, 20 handicap
for women) players. The team is attempting to predict the scoring
of a scratch player and a bogey player. The difference between
the two creates the Slope rating--the larger that difference,
the higher the Slope.
If you are interested in learning more about the USGA Course Rating
System and becoming a course rating volunteer please contact
Vigil at the NGA office.
Rating Articles and Resources
Rating More on Course
Rating and Slope Database
Course Rating History
is the Bogey Rating, Course Rating, and Slope Rating®?
Volunteer Course Rating Seminar