Handicaps & Course Rating | Oregon Golf Association
01/15/18 —
By Kelly Neely, Sr. Director of Handicapping Click Here for Handicap Hub Archives We all know the famous quote by the much-beloved Arnold Palmer –“Golf is a game of inches. The most important are the six inches between your ears.” Truer (and wiser) words were never spoken, but golf is also a game of numbers in general, especially when it comes to handicapping and course rating. Even those golfers who wouldn’t readily label themselves as “nerds” seem to be more than a little interested in the number crunching and statistical evidence to be discovered once you carry a USGA Handicap Index. Most...
01/10/18 —
By Gretchen Yoder, Manager of Handicapping & Course Rating Tenth in our OGA series about the Most Interesting Holes is the #5 hole at Crestview Golf Club. If the golfer just looks at yardage, they might think that this is an easy, short hole. They would be incorrect. There are tees up above, and one tee down below as a benefit for those who don’t hit the ball far enough to carry. Tees are at 295-280-265-233 and 146. Just a reminder that by the USGA’s recommendations, any tee shorter than 251 yards could be considered a par 3 for Men ( Click here for more information on Par). This hole is...
12/15/17 —
By Kelly Neely, Sr. Director of Handicapping Click Here for Handicap Hub Archives On the copious list of controversial handicapping subjects that many golfers delight in arguing about, we find Handicap Stroke Hole Allocation, otherwise known as: What Holes Are You Giving Me Strokes On? Though an important thing to know before teeing off, there are misconceptions swirling around this subject and usually the question circles back to us as: “Why has the OGA rated hole 5 as the number one handicap hole at our course? Everyone knows that hole 7 plays the hardest.” Within this typical debate are a...
12/01/17 —
By Gretchen Yoder, Manager of Handicapping & Course Rating Ninth in our OGA series about the Most Interesting Holes is the Par 4, Hole No. 1 Foxglove - Mt. Hood Resort (formerly known as Resort at the Mountain), with tees at 308, 284 and 263. The hole is most known for the large volcanic rock in the center of the fairway about 120 yards away from the green. Tall thick trees line the chute from all tees, putting the rock and the Douglas Fir growing on top, right in the golfer’s path. Other than the most expert golfer who may be able to fly over the rock, anyone playing the hole would have...
11/15/17 —
By Kelly Neely, Sr. Director of Handicapping Click Here for Handicap Hub Archives In the thought-provoking world of Handicapping and Course Rating, many questions are raised. At this time of year, we’re often asked a very good one: Why do we start our season on March 1st and end it on November 30th? Nope – it’s not so we can take the winter off, like hibernating bears. There’s really one basic and crucial reason: Course Rating and its effect on handicaps. Because the OGA has been given the task by the USGA to rate the courses in our area based on “normal, mid-season conditions”, we also must...
10/25/17 —
By Gretchen Yoder, Manager of Handicapping & Course Rating Eighth in the OGA's series about the Most Interesting Holes is the Par 4, #13 at Pacific Dunes, one of four amazing courses at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Bandon, Ore. Breathtaking views that hopefully don’t lead to heartbreaking scores! This hole has 5 tees which range in distance from Black/444, Green/390, Gold/371, Orange/336 and Blue/250. The golfer is treated to a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean protecting the entire left side of the hole from tee to green and beyond. Off the tee there is some carry over patches of ball...
10/15/17 —
By Kelly Neely, Sr. Director of Handicapping Click Here for Handicap Hub Archives Though no one wants to be the first to say it, it seems that the rainy season has begun. When course conditions deteriorate, what’s a golfer to do? Here in the Northwest, you simply don the proper gear and show up for your tee time anyway. But questions always come up regarding Preferred Lies, what to do about plugging balls and mud, or whether or not scores should be posted. This is a great time to remember that it’s always important to start with the fundamentals – “Play the ball as it lies, play the course as...
09/21/17 —
By Gretchen Yoder, Manager of Handicapping & Course Rating Seventh in our OGA series about the Most Interesting Holes is the Par 3, 8 th hole at Pronghorn’s Fazio Course in Bend, Ore. With tee yardages including 187, 168, 155, 135, and 106, this hole is one of the more beautiful as well as visually intimidating golf holes. Click Here for the OGA's 2017 Most Interesting Holes Series The green is all but surrounded by a stone cliff. The player must carry a long shot, just shy of the full length to the center of the green, over a canyon that includes lots of rocky areas, a series of lava...
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 the OGA's 2017 Most Interesting Holes Series Any ball that flies too far left is...
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