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More tees please! How your club could get courses rated quicker

Replication will allow clubs that want more tees rated to do so without having to wait for a course rating visit. England Golf explain…

 

A new way to get tees sets rated at golf clubs without the need for a visit by handicap teams has been revealed by England Golf.

Replication uses numbers already gathered to create a new Course Rating and Slope Rating – and could pave the way for clubs to provide more playing options for men and women.

Course Rating visits currently see traditional tee sets, like red, white, and yellow, measured to a strict criteria including distance, obstacles and length of rough.

Using one of those already rated tee sets as a master rating, World Handicap System software can extrapolate numbers for a different tee set based on its overall length, hole yardages, and par.

“When we look at the data values we input into our Course Rating form 1, we use the existing value for replication and then we may need to do some adjustments based on the distances of each hole,” England Golf’s head of handicapping James Luke told The NCG Golf podcast.

“For example, the green size never changes and where bunkers are placed never really changes. But sometimes the landing points might change. Or green size target might change, because if you’re hitting the ball from 100, 150 or 200 yards the size of your green target reduces as you hit from further away.

“There are a few different things to calculate but we use quite a lot of existing numbers that have already been rated within replication.

“What will essentially happen is, say you’ve got a golf course that is 6,000 yards with forward tees at 5,800 yards and 5,600 yards. We could see the 5,800 yards as a master tee set and use replication for the front and back tees.

“But our course raters would only need to read that one 5,800 yard course.”

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Golf course ratings: ‘We want to be able to provide tee sets for clubs who need them’

A criticism that has dogged the introduction of WHS has been the frequency of playing options given to men compared with women – with tees sometimes rated disproportionately in the former’s favour.

Replication could potentially give clubs wanting to address that imbalance an easier route to follow and Luke added: “The most important thing for a golf club is to understand your customers and your clientele. Do you need certain courses rated? Do you not need them rated?

“It’s what’s important to your golf club. But we have a way of doing a peer-to-peer based exercise to get different tee sets rated for men and women.”

He added: “Essentially, we want to be able to provide tee sets for clubs who need them. If clubs feel they need a tee set rated that is a little longer, or shorter, there is a way to do it without our course rating leads needing to visit.

“If clubs feel there may be a need for a course to be rated, they can contact their course rating advisor, discuss the options available around tee sets and what would be most appropriate for members or visitors.”

Asked who ultimately had the power to make the choice, Luke said: “I will always urge discussion and compromise.

“But I take note of the Rules of Handicapping, where there is a diagram with four course lengths and course and slope rating for men and women.

“There is a note underneath that where it says, ‘while this table includes a separate Course Rating and Slope Rating for both men and women from each set of tees, Authorized Associations should always assess the need for providing a Course Rating and Slope Rating for men and/or women based on use’.

“If a golf course want a longer or shorter tee set rated for a man or women, then it’s within my power to say yes or no based on how much it is going to be used.

“So if we provided that tee set and we arrived at the next set of ratings and it hadn’t been played once in, say, 10 years, I’d probably be switching that tee set off because it’s not going to get used.”

Now listen to The NCG Golf Podcast

James Luke, England Golf’s head of handicapping, joins Steve Carroll this week on the pod. They talk about the recent changes to the World Handicap System and an exciting new way clubs can get tee set rated at their course. Listen to the full episode here.

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Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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