We are benefitted by knowing how difficult our golf courses are on a consistent local, regional, national and international scale. The operative word is ‘Consistent’! It is good to know how we played in Scotland, Canada or in the neighbouring county and community compared with on a similar pitch?
If you look at your score card to the left side of the ‘Set Of Tees’ you will be playing … back/longer more difficult and front/shorter a bit easier … you will see two numbers.
They might look like ’72.4 / 136’. The ‘136’ is referred to as ‘The Slope’ or the difficulty of these 18 holes when compared to the global perspective. This ‘Slope’ ranges from 55 to 155 in even whole numbers. 120 is about the average. Until we know this ‘General Broad Rating’, we do not really know how difficult the course is compared to other courses.