Imagine you’re on a long-awaited golf trip to Scotland, and while playing a round you wonder if your score can be posted back home to your scoring record. Good news, it can, because the USGA Course Rating System™ is widely utilized across the globe.
For decades, the USGA Handicap department has shared its Course Rating and Handicap expertise with international golf associations on six continents. Most recently, 2016 Course Rating Calibration seminars were conducted in Europe (Spain), Asia (Hong Kong) and South America (Peru), in addition to special training sessions for the Kenya Golf Union, Japan Golf Association and Argentina Golf Association. The aim of this training is to provide a greater service to golfers worldwide by reinforcing accuracy and consistency in the use of these systems.
The calibration seminars are generally conducted every two to four years in each region to provide an opportunity for licensed golf associations to attend and ensure they are applying the system correctly. Associations send their experienced course raters to these multiday seminars that include a written test, on-course evaluation and classroom discussions with USGA staff and committee members who often assist with these seminars. In 2016, more than 280 attendees representing 40 golf associations participated.