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Portugese Golf Federation


Portugese translation

The Slope System was created by Dean Knuth, and only implemented in the U.S.A. in 1987. It is used to adjust the players' handicaps when they are going to play at another course.

The difficulty level of each course was based on the "scratch" point of view, not taking into consideration the obstacles that affect the larger handicaps. For example, if there is a lake in front of the tee, that would not affect a scratch player, but it would affect the handicap of 24.

The Slope System is based on "Course Rating" which consists of 14 factors:

Length:

Adjusted for Roll (moving the ball to the fairway)
Elevation
Dogleg and lay-up
winds and altitude.

Obstacles:
Topography (stance and elevation)- Bunkers
rough and recoverability- Green (target)
water- Green(surface)
out of bounds- Trees
fairway (size)- Psychology

Each one of these factors are seen by one group of judges that grade a scratch golfer based on tables for each obstacle and adjust also for bogey (handicap 20). The final results are calculated with a program that produces princically:

Course Rating (C.R.)= The number of strokes that a scratch golfer is expected to take (better half average). This substitutes for the SSS.

Slope Value (S.V.)= This adjusts the handicaps.

Your handicap (handicap for this round) corresponds to the following formula:

Handicap for this round = exact Handicap x (S.V. / 113) + (C.R. - Par)

For the exact handicap for our courses, consult the following table or obtain the handicap for your specific course.

For the Slope Values (S.V.) ranging between 110 and 154, look at the various different strokes recieved in the following table:

Exact Handicap Slope Value
110 113 118 122 126 130 134 138 140 144

0,0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6,0

6

6

6

6

7

7

7

7

7

8

12,0

12

12

13

13

13

14

14

15

15

15

18,0

18

18

19

19

20

21

21

22

22

23

24,0

23

24

25

26

27

28

28

29

30

31

30,0

29

30

31

32

33

35

36

37

37

38

36,0

35

36

38

39

40

41

43

44

45

46

Strokes received
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