THE OLD COURSE at Royal Ashdown Forest has been selected by England Golf to host the Boys under 16 Championship for the McGregor Trophy for the first time. Past winners include major winners Justin Rose and Sandy Lyle. The tournament will be held from July 11th to July 14th, 2016.
Picture the scene. Two golfing pals still meet up regularly for a game although one has left the course where they first met to join a club that is altogether more of a challenge. Both still play off a 14 handicap although when they play for their standard post match bottle of wine the player at the tougher course always wins and his friend is getting more than a little fed up with it.
It is at times like this that the slope system pioneered in the USA would be perfect because it adjudicates how tough a golf course is and allocates strokes accordingly. In the US the minimum slope rating for a course is 55 and the maximum 155. The average course stands in at 113 although different tee positions may have different ratings. Continue reading