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7/19/24: Review by Jonny

Everything the B-Man said in his review about this course is accurate. I might use some different adjectives, like replacing the word 'challenging' with extremely difficult! Let me just say that for me, blind shots are just not enjoyable at all! There are so many on this...

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Rating/Slope
    • #3905

      I’m in my Mid 20s and wanted to see if anyone can explain to me what rate and slope means. I never seem to understand it

      I play Carolina National a lot and the rating and slope are
      69.8 131

      Does a rating below 72 mean the course is harder. The higher the slope is the more challenging the course is? I.E. Bunkers Water

      My friend told me the average Slope is 121 but in his own opinion he won’t play anything below 125. Then when it comes to rating he won’t play anything 70 or above.

      Are those good bench marks or is he way off?

      Thank You for the help.

    • #7909

      Generally a par 72 with a rating of 72 means that for a scratch golfer (0 handicap) the course plays to its par.

      But if the course is a par 72 but has a rating of 69, it means that if a scratch golfer shoots level par 72, he effectively played 3 over his handicap. As 69 is really “par” for that course because it plays easier than the 72 on the scorecard suggests.

      Same as if the par is 72 but the rating is 75, it means the course is 3 shots tougher than the par suggests.

      Slope applies to a similar rating for bogey golfers (instead of scratch), read more here:

      http://www.leaderboard.com/abcs.htm

      So if you like to play “easier courses” choose courses with ratings well below their par. Conve!
      rsely if you like to play tough courses, choose courses with ratings well above their par.

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7/19/24: Review by Jonny

Everything the B-Man said in his review about this course is accurate. I might use some different adjectives, like replacing the word 'challenging' with extremely difficult! Let me just say that for me, blind shots are just not enjoyable at all! There are so many on this...

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