Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Gallery - Vic Pre­to­rius, South­b­room, KZN

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.

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