HOW THE RANK­INGS WORK

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Our rank­ings are based on course eval­u­a­tions by our 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 low-hand­i­caps while pro­vid­ing en­joy­able op­tions for high-hand­i­caps?

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? 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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