Slope Rating

USGA Course Rating System

The "USGA Course Rating System" forms the basis of our handicap system. It facilitates the comparison of different courses.

In sports, performance is often measured against a standard. For golf, the USGA Course Rating System provides this standard and thus enables the comparison of different courses.

These are the three most important notions of the system:
Course Rating (CR) expresses the difficulty of the tees to be played for the scratch golfer (handicap index 0.0) under normal weather and course conditions.

Bogey Rating (BR) expresses the difficulty of the tees to be played for the bogey golfer (men approx. handicap index 20; women approx. handicap index 24). under normal weather and course conditions.

Slope Rating (SR) expresses the relative difficulty of the tees to be played for all non-scratch golfers, in relation to scratch golfers. A course with a "Standard Play Difficulty" has a Slope Rating of 113.

Slope Rating (SR) expresses the relative difficulty of the tees to be played for all non-scratch golfers, in relation to scratch golfers.

A course with a "Standard Play Difficulty" has a Slope Rating of 113.

What is a Handicap Stroke Index
On a golf course, each hole is marked with an index as the degree of difficulty in relation to the other holes. On the score card, the indexes show which holes you get your strokes on, starting with index 1. The Handicap Stroke Index is not determined by the Course Rating. It must be determined by the club.