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Course Rating Seminar

Golf Saskatchewan offers an annual workshop for both Introductory (Novice) and Advanced Course Raters. Course Raters are provided with a course rating manual in addition to the Men's and Women's Guides. Teams of four are set up for the on-course experience and are a combination of experienced and novice course rating participants with experienced raters serving as mentors. From there, rating Teams go out and rate all of the Saskatchewan courses requiring a re-rate as per the manuals.

The 2017 Course Rating Seminar
The 2017 Course Rating Seminar will be held May 16-18, in Saskatoon at a location TBD.  

  • The Workshop Agenda can be found HERE
  • To Register, please click HERE (online form and the preferred method)
  • Accommodations: will be at the Travelodge Hotel (Golf SK Partner Hotel)
  • Registration is free to Golf Saskatchewan members
  • The deadline to register is May 8, 2017 and forms can either be submitted by email, fax, or mail.

For more information please contact Brian Lee at (306) 975-0841 or by email.

Course Rating

The purpose of the Golf Canada Course Rating System is to measure and rate the relative difficulty of golf courses across Canada so that a player’s Handicap Factor is accurate and transportable from golf course to golf course. The Course Rating System takes into account factors that affect the playing difficulty of a golf course including yardage, effective playing length and number of obstacle factors such as topography, elevation, doglegs, prevailing wind, bunkering, etc.

After a thorough study of the Course and Slope Rating System developed by the United States Golf Association (USGA), Golf Canada approved and adopted the system for Canada in January 1995.

The Golf Canada Course Rating System consists of two basic elements:

Golf Canada Course Rating – the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for scratch golfers under normal course and weather conditions expressed as number of strokes (e.g. 72.5).

Golf Canada Slope Rating – the evaluation of the relative difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch golfers compared to the difficulty of the course for scratch golfers. The lowest Slope Rating is 55 and the highest 155. A course of standard playing difficulty will have a Slope Rating of 113.

Every member golf course should have a Golf Canada Course Rating and Slope Rating for each set of tees at the course. These ratings are used in the calculation of the Golf Canada Handicap Factor and for determining a player’s Course Handicap for a given round.

Accuracy and consistency are the keys to effective course rating. Golf Saskatchewan rates golf courses in accordance with the system ensuring Course Ratings are accurate and uniform from coast to coast. Only a Golf Saskatchewan team of course raters may rate golf courses. If a club disagrees with its ratings, it may request that Golf Saskatchewan reviews the ratings and provide explanations.

For a more comprehensive review of the Golf Canada Course Rating System and answers to common questions about course rating, click here.