WHS: Course Rating and Slope Index

Course Rating & Slope Rating

Course Rating represents the difficulty of a golf course for a scratch golfer (0 Handicap Index), calculated to the nearest 0.1

Course Rating explained

Slope Rating represents the relative difficulty of a course for a bogey golfer (20 to 24 Handicap Index) compared to a scratch golfer.

A course with long carries, narrow fairways, lots of hazards and thick rough will have a high slope rating because these features are more of a challenge to bogey golfers.

Slope Rating can be anywhere between 55 and 155, 113 is the neutral value that is used in handicap calculations. Rushcliffe's Course and Slope Ratings are:

Tee

 

Course Rating 

 Bogey Rating 

Slope Rating

White Men 70.8 94.2 126
Yellow Men 69.5 91.9 121
Blue Men 66.4 88.7 120
Red Women 71.7 100.7 123


There are also ratings for the front 9 and back 9 as shown in picture. Click here to see the Rushcliffe Slope Rating Certificate

Click to see a short video about Course Ratings and Slope Ratings

You can look up the ratings for other courses anywhere in the World on the USGA course rating & slope database.

A golfer's handicap for a specific course is determined by multiplying their Handicap Index by the Slope Rating and dividing by 113, as described on the Course and Playing Handicaps page. 

How our Slope Ratings were calculated

Men

The England Golf course assessors calculated that a male scratch golfer should average 71 (70.8) strokes from the white tees at Rushcliffe. This is the Course Rating. The assessors calculated that the average score for a male bogey golfer would be 94 (94.2) strokes. This is the Bogey Rating.

Subtracting the Course Rating from the Bogey Rating and multiplying by a Constant of 5.381 gives the Slope Rating of 126 from the white tees.

Women

The England Golf course assessors calculated that a female scratch golfer should average 72 (71.7) strokes from the red tees at Rushcliffe. The assessors calculated that the average score for a female bogey golfer would be 101 (100.7) strokes.

Subtracting the Course Rating from the Bogey Rating and multiplying by a Constant of 4.240 gives the Slope Rating of 123 from the red tees.