WOODBURN, ORE. (May 22, 2005) – The Oregon Golf Association is pleased to welcome the latest addition to the famed Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and has calculated the USGA Course and Slope Ratings for Bandon Trails.
Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and scheduled to open June 1, Bandon Trails will play 6,765 yards from the Black Tees with a USGA Course Rating of 73.4 and a USGA Slope Rating of 130. The Green Tees will play to 6,260 yards and a rating/slope of 70.9/135 and the Gold Tees will be 5,731 yards with a rating of 69.0/123.
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 adjusts a handicap for a higher handicap golfer to the scratch golfer.
In the case of Bandon Trails, the Slope Rating for the middle (green) tees for Men is higher than that of the back (black) tees. This occurs because more obstacles such as bunkers, hazards and trees come into play from the middle tees that are unreachable from the back tees. The incidence of more obstacles for the non-scratch golfer results in a higher slope because the high handicap player will need more strokes for equitable competition.
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. Both Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes were re-rated in 2004.
Bandon Trails joins the rota with Pacific Dunes and Bandon Dunes for the amateurgolf.com 5th Annual Two-Man Links Championship at Bandon Dunes in 2006.