Difficulty of the golf course
When you play a course, your total score can change by as many as 10 shots, or even 20 or more in some cases. In other words, it is not unusual for a player to have a 95 last week and a 105 today. This is because the results are influenced by the difficulty level of the course, which depends on how well or poorly you played, but also on what kind of course you played (and in what conditions). The difficulty of the course is indicated by what is called the course rate and slope.
The handicap, which indicates the skill of each golfer, is in principle calculated based on the score of the course of any difficulty level. However, the system is not designed to reflect the effects of weather conditions and course conditions (depth of rough, hardness and speed of greens, etc.) in the handicap calculation by indicating the level of difficulty, so the level of difficulty of the playing conditions that affected the score of each round is not completely reflected in the handicap calculation. Nevertheless, the handicap calculated based on the scores of multiple rounds is considered to be small because the effects of weather conditions and course conditions are more or less equalized.
The typical yardage for an 18-hole course is 6,000 to 7,000 yards, with the women’s tees around 5,000 to 5,500 yards. Although many men’s professional tournaments have been played on courses of 7,000 yards or more in recent years, amateur golfers usually do not play at the distances at which professional golfers compete. Every golf course has a women’s tee (red), a men’s front tee (white), a men’s back tee (blue), and sometimes a championship tee (black), each with a course rating and slope to indicate difficulty. (However, some courses have tee boxes other than the aforementioned tees, such as the senior tees. A course with a course rating higher than par is considered difficult, while a course with a course rating lower than par is considered easy. Usually, courses with long distances and many OBs and hazards are more difficult, and the back tees of difficult courses may have a course rating of 73 or even 74 or higher.
The Wall of Scores
The first hurdle for golfers is to get under 100. The first hurdle for a golfer is to get under 100, and for those golfers, the first par or birdie will be the talk of the town. After that, the goal is usually to shoot 90, 80, par, 70, etc. But shooting under par or 70 is a dream come true for many amateur golfers. However, getting under par or 70 is a dream for many amateur golfers, and only a handful of golfers are able to achieve this dream. If you score under par, you will have an under par round.
On the other hand, to shoot under 60 is almost a miracle, and there are only a handful of professional golfers who have ever shot under 60. The average score on the tour in Tiger Woods’ heyday was around 68, and he held the top spot almost every year at that time, but even Tiger Woods has never shot below 60 in an official game. (The courses that tour pros play are much more difficult than the courses that amateurs usually play, so just comparing the numbers is not very meaningful, but just for reference.
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