USGA Course and Slope Rating

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What is the Course Rating Process?

The USGA Course and Slope Rating is an important piece of the Handicap System. The Mississippi Golf Association relies on volunteer teams in various regions of the state to complete approximately 20 rating per year. These teams spend time on each hole and take measurements of the obstacles that are in play from each tee. A USGA Course Rating is based on yardage, effective playing length corrections and 10 obstacle factors to the extent that they affect the scoring ability of the golfer. 

 

How often should a golf course be rated?

The USGA deems it necessary to rerate an existing course every ten years. For newly designed courses, a rating should be revised again following the first five years of existence. A new course experiences many changes during the first years of play, making it necessary to revisit the rating once the course has had to time to mature completely.

 

What is the cost associated with the Mississippi Golf Association Course Rating?

The Mississippi Golf Association is the licensed entity in the state of Mississippi to issue a USGA Course and Slope Rating. The process is included for clubs that maintain their membership with the Mississippi Golf Association. Clubs that are not in good standing with the association will be required to pay a fee for the rating.

 

A non-member club is required to pay the following, dependent on the course and number of tees to be rated.

9-Hole Facility - $1000 for three sets of tees and one ladies tee

18-Hole Facility - $2400 for three sets of tees and one ladies tee

36-Hole Facility - $3000 for three sets of tees and one ladies tee

Any additional tees that must be rated will be $100 per tee.

 

Allocation of Handicap Strokes

The course rating team is not responsible for allocating handicap strokes for each hole. The Handicap Committee at the club is responsible for reviewing the course and collecting scores from each hole to determine where handicap strokes should be given.