USGA Pace System
How To Have Your Course Pace Rated
To obtain the USGA Pace Rating, contact the Regional Golf Association which issued the USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating for your course. (If your course is not already a member of the Regional Golf Association, now is a good time to join!)
An association official will help you calculate:
a USGA Pace Rating for the course, and
a time par for each hole.
Generally, the Course Rating division of your association will be responsible for calculating USGA Pace Rating. A new Pace Rating calculation usually will take place each time your course is re-rated under the USGA Course Rating procedure.
Information You Will Supply
Your course will need to supply the following information to the Pace Rating official:
Cart policy of the course. Are riding carts required to remain on cart paths? Which holes?
Walkers. Is the course walked by a significant number of players?
Distance from green to tee. If a significant number of players walk the course, how far is it from the green of one hole to the tee of the next? For holes 1-17, measure the yardage by walking the most frequently-traveled route from the edge of a green to the permanent markers on the middle tees of the next hole. If carts are required for all players, are there any green-to-tee distances longer than 80 yards? If so, record the holes and yardages.
Location of any halfway house. What is the number of the hole that precedes the halfway house?
All other information required to calculate a USGA Pace Rating will be gathered by the Pace Rater from the USGA Course Rating Form 1 as completed during the most recent Course Rating and Slope Rating of your course. The Pace Rater draws from Form 1 the yardage and obstacle ratings for each hole.
All USGA-licensed golf associations have copies of both manual USGA Pace Rating forms and the USGA Pace Rating software. The USGA Pace Rating for your course will turn out to be the same, whether manual forms or software are used. A manual calculation takes about one hour to complete; a computerized calculation, much less. Instructions to official Pace Raters for completing a manual calculation are shown in Appendix A.
Rating More Than One Set Of Tees
The USGA Pace Rating for the course is usually determined from the most often used set of tees, generally the middle tees. The Pace Rating official will rely on the yardage and obstacle ratings for the gender (men) that most often plays the middle tees.
It usually is not necessary to obtain a Pace Rating for any other tees. The pace from the middle tees is regarded as the pace for the course.