The World Handicapping System (WHS)
In-depth information on the changes (and implications of these changes) for members can be found on the England Golf website.
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England Golf have put together a for Golfer toolkit upon the release of the World Handicap System. All information you need is enclosed in this document, for further information please contact England Golf or our Match & Handicap committee.
Ruddington Grange Course and Slope Ratings:
White Men - Course Rating: 71.8, Slope Rating: 131
White Men (midweek) - Course Rating: 71.1, Slope Rating: 128
Yellow Men - Course Rating: 69.5, Slope Rating: 124
Red Ladies - Course Rating: 71.8, Slope Rating: 125
More course ratings are to follow (9 hole Men & Ladies, plus Red tees for Men)
Course Rating & Slope Rating
Course Rating represents the difficulty of a golf course for a Scratch Golfer (0 Handicap), calculated to the nearest 0.1.
Slope Rating represents the relative difficulty of a course for a Bogey Golfer (20 to 24 Handicap) compared to a Scratch Golfer.
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.
Slope Rating can be anywhere between 55 and 155.
113 is the neutral Slope Rating that indicates a course of equal difficulty for a scratch and bogey players.
The GB&I average Slope Rating is 125.
You can look up the ratings for other courses anywhere in the World on the USGA Couse Rating & Slope database.
How the Ruddington Grange Course & Slope Ratings were calculated
A male scratch golfer is defined as someone who hits the ball about 250 yards with a driver and 230 yards with a fairway wood. The England Golf course assessors calculated that a male scratch golfer should average 72 strokes from the white tees at Ruddington Grange. This is the Course Rating.
A male bogey golfer is defined as a typical 20 handicapper who hits the ball about 200 yards with a driver and 170 yards with a fairway wood. The assessors calculated that the average score for a male bogey golfer would be 95 strokes. This is the Bogey Rating.
A female scratch golfer is defined as someone who hits the ball about 210 yards with a driver and 170 yards with a fairway wood. The England Golf course assessors calculated that a female scratch golfer should average 72 strokes from the red tees at Ruddington Grange.
A female bogey golfer is defined as a typical 24 handicapper who hits the ball about 150 yards with a driver and 130 yards with a fairway wood. The assessors calculated that the average score for a female bogey golfer would be 103 strokes.