How are courses rated?
OGA is responsible for rating courses in Oregon and SW Washington. Each course is rated once every 7-8 years, more often if there are enough changes to the course to deem it necesary. Very basically, landing zones are analyzed for Scratch and Bogey, Male and Female golfers, from each set of tees. Difficulty is assessed for each Obstacle: topography, fairway, recoverability and rough, bunkers, water, trees, green target and surface. Also considered are factors such as roll, wind and altitude. The primary factor of Course Rating is having an accurate yardage of the course.
If you would like to learn more, here is a link to a series of articles about Course Rating: http://oga.org/handicaps/tee-green-and-all-between-course-rating-primer
Where do I find the Course Handicap lookup tool to determine my course handicap?
The Course Handicap Lookup is located in a slightly different location on our new website. With a more comprehensive integration of the GHIN widgets, we hope you'll find looking up Handicaps, Score Histories, Index History, Course Handicaps now easier and in all one location. You can find the Handicap Lookup tool by clicking on "Handicap Lookup" in the top navigation menu. You can also access directly by clicking here.