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Course Rating

Australian Men's and Women's Course Rating System

Golf Australia is the governing body for course rating in Australia and undertakes this role within Queensland in conjunction with Golf Queensland. The purpose of the Course Rating Systems is to make the game of golf more enjoyable for golfers by providing a means of measuring a golfer’s performance and progress and to enable golfers of differing abilities to compete on as equitable a basis as possible.

The relative difficulty of Queensland golf courses is determined by Golf Queensland in accordance with the Golf Australia Course Rating Systems. Specially trained Course Rating Teams evaluate the difficulty of a golf course based on such variables as length and a number of obstacle factors.

Only affiliated bodies (such as Golf Queensland, Districts and affiliated Clubs) are permitted to use the Golf Australia Handicap & Course Rating Systems.

In these subsections, you will find a range of information on the Golf Australia systems; key updates regarding the implementation of the new Australian Handicap System and specific details regarding Golf Queensland's involvement in these areas.

Course Ratings for Australian Courses
Australian Handicapping and Course Rating Systems
USGA Course Rating System Guide 

Course Rating in Queensland
All course rating in Queensland is administered by Golf Queensland staff and a team of Course Rating Volunteers, coordinated by Abby Driver.

Since 2009, this team has co-ordinated all USGA Course Rating Training and Course Rating Activity.

In accordance with the requirements of the USGA Course Rating System, all courses within the State must be re-rated within a ten year period.

A re-rating schedule has been set however clubs are encouraged to contact Golf Queensland if they intend on changing their course layout in the future to the extent that it will require a new course rating.   

Course Rating Enquiries
All Course Rating enquiries for Queensland Golf Clubs can be directed to the following Golf Queensland staff members: -
Luke Bates – Manager – Golf Operations – (07) 3252 8155
Matt Field – Golf Operations Officer – (07) 3252 8155

Temporary Course Ratings for Clubs
When clubs are undertaking course works, particularly major re-developments of tee and/or green complexes, a temporary adjustment may be required to the course rating. Further information is available as follows: 

Temporary Course Rating Regulations
Temporary Rating Application Form
Course with Bunkers Out of Play - Guidance for Committees
Course with Bunkers Out of Play - Temporary Rating Application Form
View a Q&A for Golf Clubs: GA Guidance & Regulations Regarding the Positioning of Permanent Plates & Daily Tee Markers (27-07-2013)



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