USGA Pace System
Appendix A  The USGA Pace Rating Form PR1
This is a guide for completing the USGA Pace Rating Form PR1. It is intended for use by Regional Golf Associations which have the written authority of the USGA. The USGA Pace Rating Form PR1 is to be completed by a Pace Rating official.
Which Set Of Tees To Pace Rate
The USGA Pace Rating for the course is determined from the most often played set of tees. These are generally the middle tees for men.
However, a course may request a separate USGA Pace Rating for each set of tees on the course. In that case, when a tournament or playday is taking place on the back tees or the front tees, the Pace Rating of the tees being played will apply. When members of a group play from more than one set of tees, the higher Pace Rating will apply to all players in the group.
PreRating Preparation
Before Pace Rating a set of tees, the Pace Rater should:
Obtain a copy of the USGA Course Rating Form 1 that accompanies the most recent Course Rating and Slope Rating of the set of tees. Obtain the Form 1 for men's Course Rating if the set of tees is played most often by men. Obtain the Form 1 for women's Course Rating if the set of tees is played most often by women. Use the Form to complete distance and obstacle questions;
Inquire from course management about:
Whether carts are required to stay on cart paths; if so, on which holes;
The hole location of any halfway house;
Whether a significant number of golfers walk the course. If so, measure the distance from greentotee* (in yards) for walkers for holes 117. The distance is measured from the edge of a green, along the mostfrequently walked path to the permanent marker of the tees being rated on the next hole.
*Note: GreenToTee Distance may also be added when the course requires carts and the distance from a green on one hole to the tee on the next hole is significant. See page Appendix  10.
INSTRUCTIONS AND CALCULATIONS FOR COMPLETING USGA PACE RATING FORM PR1
Top of Form
At the top of the form, record the name of the course, the name of the official conducting the rating, and the date. Indicate which tees are being rated.
Club Policy
Record the answer to the following question: Are carts required to stay on paths?
Hole By Hole Evaluations
Line 1  Length (In Yards)
Consult the USGA Course Rating Form 1 for the yardage (as measured from the tees being rated) for each of the holes on the course. Enter the length on Line 1  Length.
Line 2  Length Time OR Cart Path Time
Complete Length Time if the hole is played by a significant number of walkers or if carts are used and are allowed on the fairway. (Allowed on the fairway can mean under the 90degree rule).
The calculation for Length Time is:
Length of hole (Line 1) divided by 48, plus 4 = Length Time
Example: For a hole 472 yards in length to which walkers and carts have full access,
Length Time =
472/48 + 4 = 13.83. Round to nearest decimal = 13.8 minutes.
Enter the Length Time for the hole on Line 2  Length Time.
OR
Complete Cart Path Time instead of Length Time if carts are used but are restricted to cart paths only. Complete this calculation instead of Length Time even if the hole is played by a significant number of walkers.
The calculation for Cart Path Time is:
Length of hole (Line 1) divided by 42, plus 4 = Cart Path Time
Example: For a hole 472 yards in length to which walkers have full access but carts are restricted to the cart path, Length Time =
472/42 + 4 = 15.23. Round to nearest decimal = 15.2 minutes.
Enter the Cart Path Time for the hole on Line 2  Cart Path Time. Note: Carts may be allowed on the fairways of some holes, but restricted to the cart paths on others (especially par3 holes). Therefore, on such a course, both Length Time and Cart Time will apply.
Line 3  Obstacle Total
Consult the USGA Course Rating Form 1 for the numerical obstacle rating assigned to the following obstacles on each hole:
Topography
Fairway
Green Target
Recoverability and Rough
Bunkers
Out of Bounds/Extreme Rough
Water Hazards
Trees
Green Surface
Psychological
Note those obstacles (except Water Hazards) that are rated a total of 5 or higher. A total rating of 5 can be either the rating for a scratch player only, or the rating for a bogey player (the sum of the scratch rating and the bogey adjustment)
Examples of a total rating of 5:
Scratch rating is 5; bogey adjustment is 1
Scratch rating is 4; bogey adjustment is +1
Add together the obstacle values (except Water Hazards) that are rated a total of 5 or higher on each hole.
Example: Hole 1 has ratings for Topography, 6; Fairway, 5; and Bunkers, 5. The Obstacle Total =
6 + 5 + 5 = 16
Enter the nonwater Obstacle Total for the hole on Line 3  Obstacle Total.
Line 4  Obstacle Time
Divide the Obstacle Total from Line 3 by 30. Round to the nearest decimal.
Example: Hole 1 has an Obstacle Total of 16. The Obstacle Time =
16 divided by 30 = .533. Round to nearest decimal = .5 minute
Enter the Obstacle Time for the hole on Line 4  Obstacle Time.
Line 5  Water Value
Note the obstacle rating for Water Hazards on each hole. (The obstacle rating for Water Hazards does not have to be 5 or higher to be considered).
Enter the Obstacle Rating for Water Hazards on the hole on Line 5  Water Value.
Line 6  Water Time
Divide the Water Value on Line 5 by 6. Round to the nearest decimal.
Example: Hole 1 has a Water Value of 4. The Water Time =
4 divided by 6 = .666. Round to nearest decimal = .7 minute
Enter the Water Time for the hole on Line 6  Water Time.
Line 7  Total Obstacle Time
Add the Obstacle Time on Line 4 to the Water Time on Line 6.
Example: Hole 1 has an Obstacle Time of .5 and a Water Time of .7. The Total Obstacle Time =
.5 plus .7 = 1.2 minutes
Enter the Total Obstacle Time on Line 7  Total Obstacle Time.
Example: Hole 3
Sample Hole Obstacle Rating (From USGA Course Rating Form 1)
Obstacle Scratch Bogey
Topography 0
Fairway 0
Green Target +1
Recoverability and Rough +1
Bunkers 0
Out of Bounds/Extreme Rough +1
Water Hazards 0
Trees 0
Green Surface 0
Psychological +1
The obstacles (except Water Hazards) rated a total of 5 or higher include:
NonWater ObstaclesRated 5 or Higher Rating
Green Target 5 (4 +1)
Bunkers 5 (5 + 0)
Trees 6 (6 +0)
Green Surface 6 (6 + 0)
Obstacle Total 22
Divide by 30 30
Obstacle Time (Rounded) .7 Minute
Water Value 4
Divide by 6 6
Water Time (Rounded) .7 Minute
Obstacle Time .7
Plus Water Time .7
Total Obstacle Time 1.4 Minutes
Line 8  GreenToTee Distance
Complete this entry only if a significant number of players walk the course.* Measure the yardage from greentotee for holes 117. The measurement should be from the side of the green, along the mostfrequently walked route, to the permanent marker for the tees being rated on the next hole.
Enter the GreenToTee Distance for the hole on Line 8  GreenToTee Distance.
*If carts are required and the distance between holes is significant, there may be a GreenToTee Distance. See page Appendix10 for the formula.
Line 9  GreenToTee Distance Time
Complete this calculation only if a significant number of players walk the course.*
If the distance in Line 8 is 20 yards or less, enter 0 as the GreenToTee Distance Time.
If the distance in Line 8 is more than 20 yards, calculate a GreenToTee Distance Time. The formula is:
GreenToTee Distance (Line 8) minus 20, divided by 48 =
GreenToTee Distance Time
Example: The measured yardage from the green on Hole 1 to the tee on Hole 2 is 40 yards. The GreenToTee Distance Time for Hole 1 =
40 yards minus 20 yards = 20 yards
20 divided by 48 = .416. Round to nearest decimal = .4 minute
Enter the GreenToTee Distance Time for the hole in Line 9  GreenToTee Distance Time. Note: GreenToTee Distance Time is added to the previous hole. There is no entry for Hole 18.
Line 10  Halfway House Time
Allow four minutes for a stop at the halfway house on the course. Assign the four minutes to the hole that precedes the stop.
Example: The Halfway House is between holes 9 and 10. Hole 9 receives a Halfway House Time = 4 minutes.
Enter the Halfway House Time of 4 Minutes for the appropriate hole on Line 10  Halfway House Time.
Line 11  Total Time
Calculate the Total Time for a hole by adding:
Length Time (Line 1) OR Cart Path Time (Line 2) + Total
Obstacle Time (Line 7) + GreenToTee Distance Time (Line 9) + Halfway House Time (Line 10). Round to the nearest minute.
*If carts are required and the distance between holes is significant, there may be a GreenToTee Distance Time. See page Appendix  10 for the formula.
Example: Hole 3 has this Total Time:
Length Time 13.8
Total Obstacle Time 1.4
GreenToTee Distance Time 1.3
Total Time 16.5
Enter the Total Time for a hole in Line 11  Total Time.
Line 12  Time Par
Round the Total Time in Line 11 to the nearest minute. The result is the Time Par for the hole.
Example: The Total Time for Hole 3 is 16.5 minutes. Rounded to the nearest minute, the Time Par for the hole = 17 minutes.
Enter the Time Par for a hole on Line 12  Time Par.
Line 13  Front Nine/Back Nine Total Time
The Total Time for the Front Nine/Back Nine is the sum of the Time Pars in Line 12 for each of the 9 holes per side.
Example: The Total of the Time Pars for the front 9 is 123 minutes. 123 divided by 60 = 2 hours, 3 minutes.
Enter the Total Time for the Front Nine/Back Nine on Line 13 on the appropriate side of Form PR1, as hours and minutes.
USGA Pace Rating
The USGA Pace Rating for the course is the sum of the Total Time for the Front Nine and Back Nine from Line 13 on each side of Form PR1.
Example: The Front Nine Total Time is 2 hours, 3 minutes.
The Back Nine Total Time is 1 hour, 56 minutes. The USGA Pace Rating =
2 hours, 3 minutes plus 1 hour, 56 minutes = 3 hours, 59 minutes
Enter the USGA Pace Rating in the space provided on the back of the form, as hours and minutes.
SPECIAL NOTICE: FOR COURSES ON WHICH CARTS ARE REQUIRED AND MAY TRAVEL SIGNIFICANT DISTANCES BETWEEN HOLES
Since the USGA Pace Rating formula was developed in 1993, an addition to USGA Pace Rating has been recommended for courses which require carts and have significant distances between the greens and the following tees.
On these courses, a GreenToTee Distance Time may be added to Time Par for any hole 117 on which the distance from the green to the following tee is more than 80 yards.
The formula for figuring the GreenToTee Distance Time for cart travel is:
If distance from green to following tee is more than 80 yards:
1 minute plus (distance minus 80) divided by 260 =
GreenToTee Distance Time.
Example: The Red Course is layed out around residential areas and requires a considerable amount of cart travel to get from greentotee on several holes. For example, the distance from the green on hole 1 to the tee on hole 2 is 300 yards. Enter the GreenToTee Distance on Line 8 of the Form PR1.
In figuring the Time Par for hole 1, the GreenToTee
Distance Time will be:
1 minute plus (30080) divided by 260
or 1 minute plus 220/260 = 1.84 minutes,
rounded to nearest tenth = 1.8 minutes.
The GreenToTee Distance Time for Hole 1 will be 1.8 minutes. Enter the GreenToTee Distance Time on Line 9 of the Form PR1.
Pace Raters should apply this GreenToTee Distance Time formula for each hole 117 on courses where carts are required and the distance from greentotee is more than 80 yards.
The software does not presently reflect this GreenToTee Distance Time formula for carts, so Pace Raters should add the value by hand to arrive at the Time Par for courses where carts are required and there is much cart travel between holes.
