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Course rating is one of a number of core services that is provided by DCLGA to all golf clubs affiliated to England Golf.

The course rating process determines the playing difficulty of a golf course for a scratch golfer under normal course and weather conditions. The course rating is expressed as a course rating and a slope rating which is provided for all sets of tees from which qualifying competitions are played from.

Course Rating is also the cornerstone of the World Handicap System used to determine all golfers’ handicaps.

A Course Rating represents the expected score for a scratch player (Handicap Index of 0.0) under normal playing conditions, while a Bogey Rating represents the expected score for a bogey player (Handicap Index 20.0 to 24.0). These two figures work together to calculate a Slope Rating, which is a measure of the relative difficulty of a golf course between the scratch player and all other players. In other words, the higher the Slope Rating of a golf course, the more strokes a higher-handicapped player will need to play that course on an equal basis to the scratch player.

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