September 30, 2022

Handicaps & Ratings

For More info:

For Information about Rules, Ratings and the handicapping system contact Andrew Robb, Manager Game Development, Rules and Handicapping:

[email protected] 
or by phone:  02 9505 9105

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Throughout 2019, Golf NSW and Golf Australia, will communicate details of the new World Handicapping System that will be introduced in 2020. Clubs who would like more information about how the new system will work, are encouraged to contact Andrew Robb at Golf NSW, as per the details below.


Course Rating

In 2011 when the USGA Course Rating System was first implemented in Australia, the plan was to conduct reviews every 5 or 10 years to ensure the ratings were accurate.

In Australia, that process will no longer take place. Instead, Golf NSW will conduct statistical reviews of course ratings based on the data in Golf Link.

Over the last 2 years, Golf Australia engaged a statistician who has analysed the Golf Link data and has developed a process where round data can be used to provide an estimate on the accuracy of a course rating, and provide suggestions for any fine tuning that may be necessary. Golf NSW has access to this program and can run reviews, and provide advice to Clubs for their consideration.

It’s worth noting that not all round data is included in the process. Only rounds played by home Club members that also play at other courses is included, along with rounds played by visitors to the home Club. This is a deliberate action to ensure that data is not biased in favour of golfers who only play at their home Club, as that is not always a true reflection of a playing handicap.

If you would like a review of the course rating for your Club, please contact Andrew Robb at Golf NSW as per the details below.