The CGA/CWGA rates golf courses every eight years to comply with the USGA. There is no charge to CGA/CWGA member facilities to rate or measure their courses.
The CGA/CWGA Course Rating Teams are comprised of a CGA or CWGA staff member and a group of trained volunteers. When rating a golf course, the course rating team evaluates each hole using the USGA Course Rating System. Much of the team's time is spent measuring distances to various obstacles from specific landing zones based on shot parameters. After evaluating the obstacles that golfers must overcome, the rating team plays the golf course to gain greater insight, from a playing perspective, and to clarify any doubts or questions that may arise on specific holes or shots.
After gathering the rating data, the information is entered into the USGA Course Rating Program. This program calculates USGA Yardage Ratings and obstacle values for both the scratch and bogey golfer, as well as the USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating for every set of tees.
Before the new ratings are released to the club, the team’s results are submitted to the CGA/CWGA Course Rating Review Committees for final evaluation and approval.