Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents -

Our rank­ings are based on course eval­u­a­tions by more than 100 vol­un­teer panel mem­bers from through­out South Africa. They score cour­ses on seven cri­te­ria. Shot Val­ues are worth 20 points and the other six cat­e­gories are each worth 10.

SHOT VAL­UES How well does the course pose risks and re­wards and equally test length, ac­cu­racy and fi­nesse?

PLAYA­BIL­ITY How well does the course chal­lenge low­hand­i­caps while pro­vid­ing en­joy­able op­tions for high­hand­i­caps?

RE­SIS­TANCE TO SCOR­ING How dif­fi­cult, while still be­ing fair, is the course for a scratch player from the back tees?

AES­THET­ICS How well do the scenic val­ues of the course (in­clud­ing land­scap­ing, veg­e­ta­tion, wa­ter fea­tures and back­drops) add to the plea­sure of a round?

DESIGN VA­RI­ETY How var­ied are the golf course’s holes in dif­fer­ing lengths, con­fig­u­ra­tions, haz­ards place­ments, green shapes and green con­tours?

MEM­O­RA­BIL­ITY How well do the design fea­tures (tees, fair­ways, greens, haz­ards, veg­e­ta­tion and ter­rain) pro­vide in­di­vid­u­al­ity to each hole, yet a col­lec­tive con­ti­nu­ity to the en­tire 18?

CON­DI­TION­ING How would you rate the qual­ity of tees, fair­ways and greens?

A course needs a min­i­mum 20 eval­u­a­tions over the past three years to be el­i­gi­ble for the Top 100. Vir­tu­ally all the pop­u­lar cour­ses re­ceive be­tween 40 and 70 eval­u­a­tions in this pe­riod. To ar­rive at a course’s fi­nal score, out of 100, we dis­card “out­lier” eval­u­a­tions. These are low and high marks which de­vi­ate markedly from a course’s mean score. This is to pre­vent panel mem­bers mark­ing up or down cour­ses in any mean­ing­ful way. We then to­tal the scores in each cat­e­gory, and di­vide by the num­ber of panel mem­bers who have sub­mit­ted rat­ing for that course. Clubhouses and their fa­cil­i­ties are not con­sid­ered for rat­ing pur­poses. It is all about the golf course and not ser­vice lev­els.

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