Rules of Handicapping FAQs

The Golf Course

Q. What is a Slope Rating and what does it represent?

A. Playing length and obstacles impact higher-handicap players more than lower-handicap players, and Slope Rating measures the relative difficulty of a golf course for players who are not scratch players compared to those who are scratch players.

It is determined by comparing the Course Rating to the Bogey Rating. A course of standard difficulty has a Slope Rating of 113. (Appendix G, Rules of Handicapping)