Course Rating

The SCGA rates golf courses every seven to eight years to comply with the USGA’s 10-year requirement. Re-rates are conducted after significant hole construction or course renovations. There is no charge to SCGA member clubs to rate or measure their courses.

The SCGA Course Rating Team is comprised of an SCGA staff member and a group of trained volunteers. When rating a golf course, the course rating team evaluates each hole using the USGA Course Rating System. The majority of the team's time is spent measuring distances to various obstacles from specific landing zones based on shot parameters. After rating the obstacles, the rating team plays the golf course to gain greater insight, from a playing perspective, and to clarify any doubts or questions that may arise on specific holes or shots.

After determining the rating data, the information is entered into the USGA Course Rating Program. This program calculates USGA Yardage Ratings and obstacle values for a scratch and bogey golfer, as well as the USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating for men for every set of tees.

Before the new ratings are released to the club, the team’s results are submitted to the SCGA Course Rating Review Committee for final evaluation and approval.

For more information about the rating process, explore the related information links or contact courserating@scga.org.