April 19, 2017
2017 NCGA Course Rating Season is Underway
The 2017 Course Rating season kicked off the first week of April with rating visits to three colorful and diverse courses—(Oakmont – West, Yocha Dehe, and Hunter Ranch. The NCGA typically schedules Course Rating visits every six years in order to keep courses up-to-date with changes made to the USGA Course Rating System itself (and/or changes to the course).
Though visiting these courses in early April, we are actually striving to rate for the conditions the course maintains at that part of the year where the most scores are posted—namely, the middle of the summer. Given the historic rainfall we experienced this winter (contrasted with the historic drought that preceded it), it just makes sense to zero in on such normal summertime conditions in a normal non-drought/non-El Nino year, rather than get carried away by the conditions we experience on the day of our visit. It’s part of what I call the “2,190/1 rule.” We are visiting the course for one day only . . . the ratings we issue will be in place for 2,190 days. So we need to focus on the big picture.
-Jim Cowan, NCGA Director of Course Rating and Handicapping