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Ballarat Golf Club

news genericThe club has completed a review of the course index and measurement in recent months to address recent concerns of course measurement changes and updating of the handicap index.

This will come into play as of Monday 23/10/17

Course Measurement Review.

All hole were remeasured using the Golf Australia Slope Measurement system which required each hole to be individually measured from middle of the tee to the middle of the green. This was completed using 3 separate methods

  • Measurement form the Original Slope Rating
  • Measurement using NearMap
  • Measurement via Laser

From these measurements an average was determined and this will form the new hole measurement. Most hole will be marginally shorter due to the original measurements when the course was created being taken from the back of the tee. The new slope system that was introduced in 2011 requires all measurements from the centre of the tee.

Below is the table to show the new individual hole measurements.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 4 72
Black Course 369 496 318 354 412 193 487 136 382 469 161 296 533 415 359 315 141 378 6214
Blue Course 335 468 280 313 384 176 455 116 353 454 141 280 496 377 331 292 121 355 5727
White Course 300 468 245 280 347 149 455 136 322 469 122 296 496 377 359 315 102 326 5564
Red Course 300 431 245 280 347 149 420 96 322 410 122 260 455 342 305 261 102 326 5173

Handicap Index Review

A handicap index review is normally recommended every 2 years to allow for any changes in playing condition on the course. The review was completed utilising over 39,000 score cards taken from competition rounds over the past 3 years.
The club has decided to use the Golf Australia recommended method for course indexing.

The 39,000 cards are divided into handicap segments:

  • Men +3 to 18
  • Men 19 – 36
  • Women 0 – 18
  • Women 19 – 45

For Handicap Index needs to reflect accurately the difficulty of the holes on the course in order to allocate handicap strokes where players need and should be receiving them. The problem with this approach is that low and high handicap golfers have different abilities and skills and play the game quite differently. For example, high markers usually find Par 5 holes demanding as they need to play three good shots in a row to be near the green and this becomes less likely as the handicap increases. On the other hand, low markers will regard Par 5s as birdie chances as they hit longer and more accurate shots. Similarly, low and high markers may have different views on which hole on the course is the hardest but this really only matters to the low handicap player as this is where they need a stroke and the high marker will get a stroke on many holes including the hardest.

Once this is completed each hole is rated on the average as it is played over par. From the averages it is then determined the hardest to the easiest hole to play and these are numbered accordingly.
Below is the document showing the individual hole averages for those who love numbers.

pdfClick Here to download the data

Once the holes have their individual rating they are then balanced out between both 9’s. This is done to ensure both 9’s have an equal distribution of shots received by each player and in a nine hole competition your handicap stays relatively even.

The table below shows the former and new slope index for each tee

Black Tee 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 4
Former Rating 7/25 11/29 17/35 2/20 1/19 10/28 13/31 18/36 3/21 5/23 15/33 12/30 4/22 6/24 8/26 16/34 14/32 9/27
New Rating 7/27 9/25 13/33 5/29 1/19 11/23 15/31 17/35 3/21 10/20 12/34 18/36 2/22 4/26 8/28 14/32 16/30 6/24

 

Blue Tee 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 5
Former Rating 7/25 9/27 14/32 11/29 1/19 10/28 12/30 18/36 4/22 3/21 13/31 15/33 6/24 2/20 8/26 16/34 17/35 5/23
New Rating 5/26 9/22 15/34 11/28 1/20 7/32 13/30 17/36 3/24 8/19 12/33 16/31 6/21 2/25 10/27 18/29 14/35 4/23

 

White Tee 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 4
Former Rating 9/27 7/25 17/35 12/30 5/23 14/32 10/28 13/31 8/26 4/22 16/34 15/33 3/21 2/20 1/19 11/29 18/36 6/24
New Rating 6/28 4/20 18/36 10/30 2/22 16/32 14/26 12/34 8/24 5/19 15/33 13/31 7/21 3/25 1/23 11/29 17/35 9/27

 

Red Tee 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 4
Former Rating 9/27 3/21 15/33 11/29 5/23 13/31 10/28 18/36 6/24 1/19 16/34 14/32 2/20 7/25 8/26 12/30 17/35 5/23
New Rating 8/28 2/20/38 16/34 14/30 4/24/42 12/32 10/26/44 18/36 6/22/40 1/19/37 15/33 3/31 11/21/39 5/25/43 7/27/45 13/29 17/35 9/23/41

 

All players should refer to their scorecards when playing a competition round as it will show the holes that you will receive shots on and the new measurements.
Please Note: Measurements and Indexes will be updated on all tee signs as soon as possible, so please refer to your score card.