OGA ratings

For Immediate Release
Contact: Eric M. Yaillen, Director of Communications
Tel: 503.981.4653 Cell: 503.358.8216


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OREGON GOLF ASSOCIATION DETERMINES COURSE RATINGS FOR CENTENNIAL GOLF CLUB IN MEDFORD

WOODBURN, ORE. (May 11, 2006) – The Oregon Golf Association is pleased to welcome the latest John Fought designed course to the roster of championship caliber Oregon courses and has calculated the USGA Course and Slope Ratings for Centennial Golf Club.

Designed by famed architect and 1977 U.S. Amateur Champion John Fought, Centennial is scheduled to officially open May 20. Fought has designed a number of other premiere golf courses in the region including Pumpkin Ridge, the Reserve and Langdon Farms.

For Men, it will play 7,309 yards from the Black Tees with a USGA Course Rating of 75.0 and a USGA Slope Rating of 130. This ranks Centennial as the sixth most difficult course in Oregon.

The Purple Tees will play to 6,900 yards and a rating/slope of 72.8/124, the White Tees will be 6,401 yards with a rating of 70.3/123 and the forward Green tees will play at 5,760 yards with a rating/slope of 67.3/115.

For the Women, the White tees will have a rating/slope of 76.5/134, the Green tees will be at 72.7/125 and the most forward Lavender tees will be 69.6/117.

A USGA Course Rating is the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for a scratch golfer under normal course and weather conditions for the purpose of providing a uniform basis on which to issue USGA Handicap Indexes.

A USGA Slope Rating evaluates the relative playing difficulty of each set of tees for non-scratch golfers and is used in calculating a course handicap from a handicap index. It helps adjust a handicap for a higher handicap golfer.

The Oregon Golf Association is also responsible for maintaining the integrity of the USGA Handicap System and is authorized to issue handicaps to members of its member clubs. The purpose of a handicap index measure the potential ability of a golfer relative to par and provide a portable number that can be converted to a handicap specific to the course being played.

Course ratings are objective evaluations of a course’s difficulty based on a number of factors including roll, elevation, forced lay-ups, prevailing winds, altitude, topography, fairway width, green targets, recoverability and rough, bunkers, hazards, trees, and effective playing length.

Accuracy and consistency are the keys to effective course rating. Measurements and ratings are conducted by experienced teams of three trained and experienced raters including both staff and volunteers of the Oregon Golf Association. Through the collection of data on thousands of golfers and golf holes, the factors that affect difficulty have been assigned values that yield accurate and uniform ratings when applied to a course in its entirety. Results are evaluated by a Course Rating Review Committee prior to its release.

The course rating system is designed to ensure that the rating of a course is in proper relation to the ratings of other courses so that players regularly playing different courses can be equitably compared.

As the governing body of golf in Oregon and SW Washington, the Oregon Golf Association is licensed by the United States Golf Association to determine the measurements including course and slope ratings for all golf courses in its region.

The OGA rates established golf courses on a seven-year cycle and upon request if major renovations have been made. New courses are re-rated after three years to accommodate natural changes made to a course as it matures.

Professionally managed by OB Sports, Centennial Golf Club is located at 1900 N. Phoenix Rd. in Medford, OR 97504. For more information on Centennial Golf Club, visit their website at www.centennialgolfclub.com or call the club at (541) 773-GOLF (4653) or toll free at (877) 893-GOLF (4653).

For more information on the Oregon Golf Association, visit the OGA website at www.oga.org or call the office at (503) 981-4653 or toll-free at (866) 981-4653.

CENTENNIAL GOLF CLUB – Par 72
Tee Marker Description
Yards
Type
18-Hole
Front Nine
Back Nine
USGA Course Rating
USGA Slope Rating
USGA Course Rating
USGA Slope Rating
USGA Course Rating
USGA Slope Rating
BLACK
7309
M
75.5
133
38.2
137
37.3
129
PURPLE
6900
M
73.5
127
37.2
133
36.3
121
WHITE
6401
M
71.0
125
35.8
132
35.2
118
GREEN
5760
M
68.0
118
34.3
124
33.7
111
WHITE
6401
W
77.2
136
38.8
137
38.4
135
GREEN
5760
W
73.4
127
37.0
129
36.4
124
LAVENDER
5244
W
70.2
119
35.3
123
34.9
114