A SOLUTION TO RATE OUR COURSES
Regarding your December editorial (Let’s talk handicaps again), many South African courses, mainly coastal, are rated incorrectly due to the formula being weighted towards length.
The SAGA are introducing a new course rating system which will reflect a slope or degree of difficulty. This will no doubt correct some of the anomalies in the present system but I doubt it will be in operation in the next three years.
Currently all scores are captured on computer. My question is, Why can’t this information be used to obtain an ACTUAL rating of each course? Using the actual scores over a period of years must surely be a true reflection of the scores attained and would reflect the actual degree of difficulty? This information is available for all handicaps, high, low and in between.
At the press of a button on an annual basis this rating could be reviewed. I am sure that using this information would see many courses being rated at par or close to it.