The slope rating of a golf course is the relative comparison of a bogey and scratch golfer’s ability to score. The higher the slope the more difficult the golf course.
The minimum slope rating is 55 and the maximum is 155.
USGA has a rule that every golf course should have at least a 113 slope rating.
In the USA, the average slope rating is 120.
Augusta National for example has a slope rating of 137.
The slope rating takes into account the course's layout, hazards, length, rough, green speed, and other factors that contribute to the course's difficulty.
Slope rating is not a measure of how hard the course is for professional golfers. Slope rating is specifically designed to reflect the course's difficulty for amateur players.
Slope rating, along with course rating is used to calculate a golfer's Handicap Index.
Higher Slope Rating: A bogey golfer is expected to score higher above their handicap.
Lower Slope Rating: A bogey golfer would be expected to score closer to their handicap.
Updated: 15-Aug-2023 | Email feedback to this question