Despite the extensive evaluation of obstacles, golf course length is still has the most impact on a Course and Slope Rating. Having an accurate starting point is critical. The rating system requires that a hole be rated from an average tee location, typically the center of the teeing ground, to the center of the green. This allows for day to day variances of tees placements and hole locations. For this reason, it’s the policy of the AGA to measure a golf course prior to the rating.
For the past several years, the AGA has been using a Global Positioning System (GPS) to measure golf courses. The AGA was the first association in the world to utilize this latest technology! It is still one of only a limited number of associations that have adopted this method.
The measurement of golf courses is part of the services the Course Rating Department provides to member clubs. This service includes a club’s overall yardage from every set of tees, as well as the driving range. Measurements are available for new courses and changes to existing courses.