Handicaps & Course Rating | Oregon Golf Association
04/13/18 —
By Kelly Neely, Sr. Director, Handicapping & Course Rating Click Here for Handicap Hub Archives If you’re a curious person – which I assume most golfers are, since this game is nothing if not complex – you’re going to want to know how your handicap is calculated. Notice I didn’t say that you’re going to want to calculate it yourself. Thankfully those days are long past, and we’ve got clever, modern processes to take care of the number crunching. But if you’re a nuts and bolts golfer and like details, it helps to know the method behind the madness of a USGA Handicap Index. Besides, you can...
04/01/18 —
By Gretchen Yoder, Manager of Handicapping & Course Rating Thirteenth in our OGA series about the Most Interesting Holes is the No. 9 hole at Broken Top Club. The ninth hole at Broken Top is a short dogleg par 4 with tees at 356/332/298/268 yards, but don’t let the lack of length fool you. For those of you who follow golf course designers, this hole is the epitome of a Tom Weiskopf “risk/reward” hole. When he left the tour to go into course design, Tom decided he would implement at least one reachable par 4 on each golf course he designed. The concept of the drivable par 4 is appealing...
03/15/18 —
By Kelly Neely, Sr. Director, Handicapping & Course Rating Click Here for Handicap Hub Archives When talking with golfers about handicapping, what comes up over and over is an ill-advised way of thinking about score posting. Unfortunately the default setting seems to be why a score shouldn’t be posted. No, I’m not making a blanket indictment that everyone is looking for excuses to falsify their record. Reflexing to the negative (and overthinking) is sometimes simply human nature. But, since the season just began and the sun is shining, this is a good time to talk about resetting the...
02/20/18 —
LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. and ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (Feb. 20, 2018) - The way golfers around the world will calculate their handicaps is set to be transformed by a new system developed by the USGA and The R&A, with key features designed to provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability. The new World Handicap System, to be implemented in 2020, follows an extensive review of systems administered by six existing handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South...
02/14/18 —
By Kelly Neely, Sr. Director, Handicapping & Course Rating Click Here for Handicap Hub Archives You’ve got to love the Scots. They came up with more than a few brilliant inventions that brought about incredible societal change – the steam engine, the telephone, the television, and penicillin. (Full disclosure – I am of Scottish descent). They also invented golf – that cerebral and artful game that revolutionized recreation. But did you know the Scots also invented handicapping? While some of you might be pondering whether to thank them or not, it really was another bit of brilliance on...
02/01/18 —
By Gretchen Yoder, Manager of Handicapping & Course Rating Eleventh in our OGA series about the Most Interesting Holes is the #4 hole of Bandon Dunes. With tees at 410, 362, 340, 308 and 228, and a dog leg right, Bandon Dunes' #4 is a test for ball placement. The initial fairway landing zone is fairly wide. Sandy dunes to the left, dunes with gorse to the right. Depending on how far the player hits the ball and which tee they are playing, they would want to be very cautious of the end of the fairway. A long hitter playing forward would definitely want to think about laying up. A short...
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...
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