Handicaps & Course Rating | Oregon Golf Association
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...
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 —
By Gretchen Yoder, Manager of Handicapping & Course Rating 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. Click here for the OGA's 2017 Most Interesting Holes Series​ About 150 yards...
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 —
By Gretchen Yoder, Manager of Handicapping & Course Rating Fourth in our OGA series about the Most Interesting Holes is the Par 5 18th at Sandpines Golf Links in Florence, Ore. 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. Click here for the OGA's 2017 Most Interesting Holes Series 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...
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