Course Rating & Slope Rating
What is course rating? An indication of the difficulty of a golf course for the scratch player under normal course and weather conditions. This is shown as one of the headings in the Scottish golf App – obviously so that potential players can see how difficult it might be for the scratch golfer. At Kilsyth it is 72.4 from the white tees.
What is a bogey rating? An indication of the difficulty of a golf course for the bogey player under normal course and weather conditions. This does not show up on the Scottish Golf app – it is however on the R&A calculator – and it is used to contribute towards the calculation of the Slope rating. At Kilsyth it is 96 off the white tees
What is a Slope Rating? A Slope Rating is the number which indicates the relative playing difficulty of a course for bogey golfers (20 to 24 Handicap)compared to scratch golfers. It is the combination of the Course Rating and the Bogey rating that allows the calculation of the Slope Rating of a set of tees. There will be different Course and Slope ratings for each of the red, yellow and white tees. A course with long carries, narrow fairways, lots of hazards and thick rough will have a high slope rating because these features are more of a challenge to bogey golfers
Lowest slope is 55 highest is 155 – 113 was chosen as the figure used in the above formula as this is the slope for a course where scratch and bogey players score equally relative to their handicap
The par for the course will still be on the score card and for all the Kilsyth layouts it is 71.
Slope Rating can be anywhere between 55 and 155, 113 is the neutral value that is used in handicap calculations. Kilsyth Lennox’s course ratings and slope ratings are shown on this table better view of this table can be obtained by clicking here
Click to see a short video prepared for English Golf – but it applies in Scotland as well Course Ratings and Slope Ratings
You can look up the ratings for other courses anywhere in the World using the R&A tool at https://www.randa.org/worldhandicapsystem/Lookup
A golfer’s handicap for a specific course is determined by multiplying their Handicap Index by the Slope Rating and dividing by 113, as described on the Course and Playing Handicaps page.
How our Slope Ratings were calculated – if you are interested !
The Scottish Golf course assessors calculated that a male scratch golfer should average 72.4 strokes from the white tees at Kilsyth. This is the Course Rating. The assessors calculated that the average score for a male bogey golfer would be 96 strokes. This is the Bogey Rating.
Subtracting the Course Rating from the Bogey Rating and multiplying by a Constant of 5.381 gives the Slope Rating of 133 from the white tees.
The Scottish Golf course assessors calculated that a female scratch golfer should average 72.4 strokes from the red tees at Kilsyth. The assessors calculated that the average score for a female bogey golfer would be 103 strokes.
Subtracting the Course Rating from the Bogey Rating and multiplying by a Constant of 4.240 gives the Slope Rating of 130 from the red tees.