Lou Stagner's Newsletter #52

Scoring Averages by Course & Slope Rating

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Scoring Averages

This is one of the more common questions that readers send in. It’s typically worded something like this:

“How will scoring averages change based on how hard the course is?”

The two tables below show scoring average broken down by course rating and slope rating.

All of this data comes from the nearly 900 million shots in the Arccos Golf database (use code DATALOU15 to save 15%).

note: 66 = 66.0 to 66.9, 67 = 67.0 to 67.9, etc…

My Thoughts

As you can see, the course rating and slope rating will have a big impact on scoring. Make sure you are adjusting your expectations accordingly! A good rule of thumb is that your scoring average will be “about” three shots higher than your course handicap.

For example, if you are a 9.5 index, and you have a course handicap of 11 for the course you are playing, and it’s a par 71…

Your scoring average on that course would be about 85.

71 + 11 + 3 = 85

Also look at the average scores for scratch players on tough courses with ratings that are 75 or higher. They average 79.1 shots on those tracks. Most tour events are playing on courses with ratings above 75. Scratch players are also typically not playing courses setup for a tour event (e.g. tucked pins, greens stimping at 12+, etc…). Scratch players are in the top 1-2% of all players and they would need a BUNCH of strokes from a tour player. Tour players are on another level!

Hope the tables above provide some helpful scoring expectations!

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