• In order to calculate USGA Handicap Indexes, golf courses must have USGA Course Ratings and Slope Ratings. The South Carolina Golf Association and Women’s South Carolina Golf Association are the only organizations in South Carolina licensed by the USGA to issue USGA Course Ratings and Slope Ratings. The SCGA provides men’s ratings free of charge to member clubs through a volunteer program that includes six rating teams located in various regions of the state. Some of our rating volunteers have over twenty years of experience, going as far back as the inception of the Slope Rating System in 1987. Member courses are rated every 6 – 8 years, keeping us ahead of the USGA’s minimum requirement that courses be rated every 10 years; or when a course has undergone a transformative renovation (adding new teeing grounds; altering green complexes, bunkers, fairway dimensions, etc.). The SCGA also provides ratings for men’s combo (hybrid) tees and Family Course or “Play It Forward” tees upon request. Fees for the SCGA’s rating services can go as high as $2,300 for non-member clubs.
  • In order to provide accurate USGA Course Ratings and Slope Ratings; accurate center-line, tee to green yardages must be used as the basis for the rating procedure. A great percentage of a rating’s calculation comes from Effective Playing Length, which factors in elements such as roll, elevation, and doglegs / layups as they affect the Measured Length of a golf course. The SCGA uses an advanced laser device; recording distances to the 0.00th to ensure courses are measured as accurately as possible (by comparison, a standard electronic measuring device has a 1-1.5 yard margin of error). The SCGA measures all men’s, women’s, and family / forward tees for member courses at no charge. Course measuring is available to member clubs upon request or prior to a course’s next rating as needed.