As part of its member services package, the MGA rates Member Club courses in accordance with the United States Golf Association (USGA) Course and Slope Rating System. The USGA requires that all new golf courses be re-rated within five years of the initial rating and ten years thereafter.
With over 90 trained Course Raters, making up four regional teams throughout the Commonwealth, the MGA rates approximately 40 to 50 courses annually during the rating season, which generally runs from early May to late October. Precise course and slope ratings are provided for each set of tees so that all golfers can enjoy the benefits of an accurate and equitable handicap system. A Course Rating and Slope Rating Calendar detailing the ratings and slope for each Member Club is also distributed annually.
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If you are an MGA member club interested in having your course rating, please download and complete the following forms (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDFs) and fax them back to Scott Whitcomb, director of field operations, at 774-430-9101.
Course Yardage Marking Program - STONE & BRONZE AVAILABLE
Stone Markers - For the third straight year, the MGA has partnered with TTG Custom Signage in order to offer our Member Clubs high-quality granite markers at the lowest industry prices. For a limited time only, TTG Custom Signage will be offering these markers at discounted prices. If you are in need of markers, you are encouraged to purchase them soon while supplies last. CLICK HERE for an overview of the products offered and explains how $5 per marker sold is donated to The First Tee of Massachusetts.
Bronze Markers - In addition, Member Clubs can still place an order for the traditional MGA bronze markers. The yardage markers are circular and 5 1/2 inches in diameter. The price per yardage marker is $35. For additional information please call Scott at 774-430-9100 ext. 2206 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more or to view a marker, CLICK HERE.
With the help of local golf course superintendents, golf professionals, and club personnel, the MGA accurately measures Member Club courses through the use of a hand-held electronic laser gun, which measures to within 1/100th foot accuracy. Each golf hole is measured from tee to green as well as from sprinkler heads to the center of the green. Precise measurements are essential for accurate course and slope ratings and necessary to ensure a proper pace of play.
In 1998, the MGA launched a new service to its Member Clubs. The Course Marking Advisory Committee was established to assist clubs with the arduous task of properly marking a course for hazards, out of bounds, ground under repair and daily play. This marking system is critically important because it ensures that all golfers play by the rules.