HOW THE RANKINGS WORK
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.