09/15/17 —
By Kelly Neely, Sr. Director of Handicapping You’ve no doubt heard the term Peer Review before and might think it’s either ‘Big Brother is Watching’ you (they aren’t) or that you must have your golf round attested (you don’t). Or, you might think Peer Review doesn’t exist at all (it does). Let’s examine what it really means and how it affects our golf games. First, a few basics: Each player is expected to make the best score they can at each and every hole they play regardless of where the round is played. Each player is expected to post every acceptable round for peer review. Members of a...
08/22/17 —
By Gretchen Yoder, Manager of Handicapping & Course Rating Sixth in our OGA series about the 2017 Most Interesting Holes Series is the #11 hole at Broken Top Club. With tees at 364-354-311 and 264, this fairly short Par 4 packs a considerable punch for its length. Off the tee, there is a fairly wide landing zone, however there are trees that narrow the path of the tee shot. Longer hitters may want to layup on their tee shots to avoid going through the far end of the fairway and out of bounds. Click Here for 2017 Most Interesting Holes Series Any ball that flies too far left is flirting...
08/14/17 —
By Kelly Neely, Sr. Director of Handicapping There's a lot for you to think about when playing golf: from understanding the layout of the hole, pondering which club to use, taking the proper grip and stance – you might even be bemoaning all those bunkers you need to navigate around the green! Of course, the Rules of Golf are uppermost on your mind especially when considering the format of the game you're playing. But once you carry a USGA Handicap Index™, you also must consider what will make your score acceptable for handicap purposes. The USGA Handicap System has solutions to everyday...
07/27/17 —
Fifth in our OGA series about the 18 Most Interesting Holes is Hole No. 2 at Eagle Crest’s Resort Course. The “Canyon Hole” is particularly challenging. With tees at 481, 467, 464 and 385, this par 5 can play much longer if the golfer is not hitting straight. The fairway is carved into a bowl. It is less than 25 yards wide with trees and extreme rough on both sides. A wayward golf ball might be found, but getting it back into play would be quite a chore. About 150 yards from the green, there is a dogleg to the right. Only an incredibly brave (or slightly crazy!) golfer would attempt the...
07/11/17 —
The USGA is asking for golfer feedback for the proposed new World Handicap System. The survey takes 5-7 minutes to fill out and is your chance to help shape the future of handicapping. Click Here to Take USGA Handicapping Survey Over the past several years, the USGA and The R&A have been working with golf’s handicapping authorities to develop a single World Handicap System (WHS) for the sport. The purpose of this survey is to learn more about what golfers think about the potential World Handicap System and its core principles. Now is your opportunity to provide your feedback on the...
06/30/17 —
Fourth in our OGA series about the Most Interesting Holes is the Par 5 18th at Sandpines Golf Links in Florence, Ore. OGA's 2017 Most Interesting Holes Series The 18 th at Sandpines is a spectacular finishing hole. While it is the epitome of a “risk/reward” situation, it is also quite punishing if a golfer is just a few yards off line, or has forgotten about the wind. Fear of the water could push a golfer to the right, bringing dunes with tall grass into play. This could result in some difficult or even blind shots back to the fairway. There is also a series of several fairway bunkers...
05/28/17 —
The USGA and The R&A are working with golf's handicapping authorities to develop a single World Handicap System for the game. More than 15 million golfers in over 80 countries presently have a handicap, a numerical index long used as a measure of a golfer's potential skill level. Handicaps are currently delivered through six different systems around the world. The aim of the proposed handicap system is to adopt a universal set of principles and procedures that would apply all over the world. An extensive review of existing handicap systems administered by Golf Australia, the Council of...
05/22/17 —
Whether you belong to a small online golf club or are a member of a large green-grass facility, one of your peers is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of everyone’s scoring record and Handicap Index®: the handicap chair. The role of handicap chair involves much more than peering through scores in a spreadsheet; it requires patience, communication and a cooperative nature. An ideal handicap chair is a dedicated volunteer looking to pass on their knowledge to others and ensure that everyone’s Handicap Index represents their true potential ability. “Really, the role of the handicap chair is...
05/01/17 —
OGA's 2017 Most Interesting Holes Series Third in our OGA series about the Most Interesting Holes is the Par 4 at Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby, Ore. The beautiful signature hole is a short, yet challenging, par 4 that features the WVCC logo on the hillside of the water feature that flows into the pond that separates the green from the fairway. The further back a player goes, the more they are impacted by the right to left dogleg. The back tees could force a player to layup even further behind the water hazard than they would normally choose since playing a full tee shot straight...
03/27/17 —
OGA's 2017 Most Interesting Holes Series Second in our OGA series about the Most Interesting Holes is the Par 3 at Mountain View Golf Course in Boring, Ore. If you look at the scorecard, 184 (Blue), 178 (White), and 118 (Red) seem to be decent lengths for a par 3. Not too long… not too short… and then you get to the tee. If you’re one who suffers from vertigo or has a fear of heights, I sure hope someone warned you before stepping up to the edge. The tee boxes are carved out of the side of a steep canyon. The green is below you about 180 feet from the upper tees and has a menacing right to...
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