Handicaps & Course Rating | Oregon Golf Association
10/15/18 —
By Kelly Neely, Sr. Director, Handicapping & Course Rating Click Here for Handicap Hub Archives Course Handicaps Here at the OGA, we earnestly embrace the concept that there is no such thing as a stupid question. But those who preface their query with “I have a quick question” will likely get a response from me of “I might not have a quick answer.” Given the quirks and complexities of the USGA Handicap System, one inquiry often leads to another. And another. (And on top of that might involve other slightly messy things like the Course Rating System and / or the Rules of Golf. Just a...
09/26/18 —
By Gretchen Yoder, Manager of Handicapping & Course Rating Click Here for Most Interesting Holes Series Archives The 18th (and final!) in our OGA series about the Most Interesting Holes is the 12th hole at Camas Meadows. Camas Meadows’ 12th hole is a par 5 with tees at 566, 536, 508 and 426. We are finishing off the Most Interesting Holes series with a bang! No. 12 is a slight dogleg left with plenty of trouble. Off the tee, trees line the left side of the entire fairway, there are also thick trees on the right side that come into play more on the second shot. With all the trees on this...
09/15/18 —
By Kelly Neely, Sr. Director, Handicapping & Course Rating Click Here for Handicap Hub Archives Handicapping and Tournaments Here at the OGA, we earnestly embrace the concept that there is no such thing as a stupid question. But those who preface their query with “I have a quick question” will likely get a response from me of “I might not have a quick answer.” Given the quirks and complexities of the USGA Handicap System, one inquiry often leads to another. And another. (And on top of that might involve other slightly messy things like the Course Rating System and / or the Rules of Golf...
08/15/18 —
By Kelly Neely, Sr. Director, Handicapping & Course Rating Click Here for Handicap Hub Archives While never really surprised at most folks’ reluctance to embrace math when discussing handicapping (or really any time, for that matter), I’m always a bit surprised why anyone would want to deviate from USGA Handicap Indexes and manufacture other types of handicaps for league play or tournaments. Usually this will come up in phone conversations when I’m asked for recommendations about handicaps for various formats, or otherwise engaged in philosophical discussions regarding sandbagging (it’s...
08/01/18 —
By Gretchen Yoder, Manager of Handicapping & Course Rating Click Here for Most Interesting Holes Series Archives Seventeenth in our OGA series about the Most Interesting Holes is the 15th hole at Brasada Canyons. Brasada Canyon’s 15th hole is a par 4 with tees at 377, 333, 292 and 260. Take a moment to breath in the beautiful view, and then get to work. If I was ever asked to define the term “risk/reward” I might put up a picture of this golf hole. Each tee has its own set of challenges. Golfers could choose to lay up to nice wide fairway landing zones or hit long shots over the native...
07/15/18 —
Part III: The USGA Handicap System and (vs.?) the Rules of Golf By Kelly Neely, Sr. Director, Handicapping & Course Rating Click Here for Handicap Hub Archives This is article No. 3 in a series of Handicapping Head-Scratchers – procedures within the USGA Handicap System that puzzle and perplex. Looking for clarity? We can help. Forgive me if I’m about to use a poor philosophical analogy, but if the Handicap System and the Rules of Golf are roads, are they in completely different locations, many miles apart? Or are they running parallel; sometimes merging, sometimes veering off from each...
07/01/18 —
By Gretchen Yoder, Manager of Handicapping & Course Rating Click Here for Most Interesting Holes Series Archives Tied for fifteenth in our OGA series about the Most Interesting Holes is the 16th hole at Forest Hills Golf Course. The 16th hole is a slight dogleg right par 4, over water, with tees at 376, 348 and 315 yards. Sounds simple, right? Wrong. The drive off every tee is to a blind landing zone for anyone who can hit more than 150 yards. A slight dip in the fairway becomes a sharp downhill lie, to the nice flat landing area that is not much deeper than your average green. Longer...
06/15/18 —
Part II: Golfers Playing From Different Tees By Kelly Neely, Sr. Director, Handicapping & Course Rating Click Here for Handicap Hub Archives This is article No. 2 in a series of Handicapping Head-Scratchers – procedures within the USGA Handicap System that puzzle and perplex. Looking for clarity? We can help. Not sure what the driving reasons are – whether concurring with the USGA and PGA of America’s “Tee it Forward” campaign, or realizing that shorter distance equals more success and smiling on the course – but I’m thankful that more golfers are gladly moving up to a forward tee. There...
06/01/18 —
By Gretchen Yoder, Manager of Handicapping & Course Rating Tied for fifteenth in our OGA series about the Most Interesting Holes is the 15th hole at Old Macdonald. The 15th hole is a slight right dogleg par 5 with tees at 535, 482, 424, 340 and 313 yards. Playing from elevated tees one can see the bunker trouble and difficult rough on the right side. Designed by Tom Doak and Jim Urbina, Bandon’s fourth 18-hole course is meant to pay homage to Charles Blair Macdonald. Hole 15 is planned with a nod to #18 at Southampton New York’s National Golf Links. As with many of the holes on Old Mac,...
05/14/18 —
Part I: Reduction of Indexes Due to Exceptional T-Scores By Kelly Neely, Sr. Director, Handicapping & Course Rating Click Here for Handicap Hub Archives This is article No. 1 in a series of Handicapping Head-Scratchers – procedures within the USGA Handicap System that puzzle and perplex. Looking for clarity? We can help. Ah, spring at the Oregon Golf Association; the air is full of the heavy hum of mowers and the satisfying crack of golf balls being hit. But there’s another familiar sound ringing in my ears, and that is the phone – especially on the 1st and the 15th (Happy Handicap...
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