## What slope rating means?

Slope Ratings are described by the USGA as indicating the “measurement of the relative playing difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch golfers, compared to scratch golfers”. The higher the Slope Rating, the greater the difference expected between the scores of those scratch and bogey golfers.

### What is a good slope rating?

The higher the slope number, the harder the course is for the bogey golfer relative to the difficulty of the course for the scratch golfer. Slope numbers can range anywhere between 55 and 155 with the average slope in the United States being 120.

#### Why is it called slope rating?

The amount of slope indicates just how quickly a course becomes difficult for a golfer who is not as good as a par golfer. And this is how the Course Slope figure gets its name. Let’s continue this example: The Course Rating is simply the average score compiled by the par golfers.

**What is the difference between rating and slope?**

Course Ratings represent the difficulty of a golf course for the scratch player under normal conditions. Slope Ratings represent the difference in difficulty for all other players, compared to the scratch player.

**What does a Slope Rating of 130 mean?**

From Tom’s tees, a slope of 130 gives him a 12 Course Handicap. Mary gets one stroke PLUS the difference between the course ratings, or 73.2 – 71.1 = 2.1. Rounded to the nearest whole number (. 5 or more is rounded up).

## What does slope mean in golf terms?

The slope rating of a golf course is a mathematical measure of the difficulty of the golf course. Slope rating takes into account the USGA par rating of the course as well as the expected score of a higher handicap golfer.

### Is a 130 Slope Rating hard?

The “standard” or base slope rating is 113, meaning a course that is rated at 113 will play to a standard difficulty level. On the other hand, taking on a course with a slope rating in the 130’s or 140’s is going to present a serious challenge to a player with a mid or high handicap.

#### How do you read a Slope Rating?

Slope rating takes into account the USGA par rating of the course as well as the expected score of a higher handicap golfer. The difference between the two multiplied by 5.381 is the calculation used to determine the mens slope rating for a golf course.

**How does Slope Rating affect handicap?**

So what is Slope? Slope merely tells you how “proportionately” more difficult that particular set of tees plays for the higher handicapped golfers as opposed to lower handicapped golfers. The more difficult the tees play proportionately for the higher handicappers, the greater the Slope rating that will be issued.

**What is my handicap if I score 110?**

If you shoot 110, your handicap is probably going to be about 35. At some point, if your handicap gets high enough, the GHIN handicap system may max out your handicap. This is to keep the game fair for those that are trying to compete.

## What is golf slope rating and how is it determined?

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### What golf course has the highest slope rating?

The lowest Slope rating is 55 and the highest is 155. A golf course of standard playing difficulty has a USGA Slope Rating of 113. If a course has a high Slope rating, it is relatively more difficult for the average golfer than a course with a low Slope Rating.

#### What does course rating and course slope really mean?

While course ratings are a measure of the difficulty of a course, slope ratings are a measure of how much more difficult a course is for a high handicap golfer versus a lower one. For example, if you have two courses that each have a course rating of 72, they should be the same difficulty for a scratch golfer.

**What is the average slope rating?**

The figure is used when calculating handicaps. The Course Slope value is a two- or three-digit integer, always between 55 and 155, with 113 being the average or “standard” value. Slope values increase with difficulty. But there is a catch that we’ll discuss shortly. There will be one Course Slope for each Course Rating.