How to become an NYSGA Course Rater

The New York State Golf Association is the association is responsible for the rating and measuring of golf courses in the state outside of the MGA (Mid Hudson and Long Island) and RDGA (Rochester) regions.

An NYSGA Course Rating Team, which is comprised of a Team Captain (often the NYSGA Director of Course Rating) and a group of trained volunteers, are assigned courses within their geographic region to rate. These regions include WNY, CNY, the Southern Tier, the Capital District, and the Adirondacks. 

When rating a golf course, the course rating team evaluates each hole using the USGA Course Rating System. The majority of the team’s time is spent measuring distances to various obstacles from specific landing zones based on shot parameters. After rating the obstacles, the rating team may play the golf course to gain greater insight, from a playing perspective, and to clarify any doubts or questions that may arise on specific holes or shots.

The NYSGA has openings for team members in all regions. To be considered, you must complete and return the New Committee Application PDF. New volunteers will be given training in course rating either at the NYSGA Spring Meeting (May 4th) or during actual ratings.

Due to the technical nature of course ratings, it is important that raters be given an opportunity to rate at least five courses each year.

Volunteers who are interested in training to become a course rater should complete the form included above or call the NYSGA office at 315.471.6979 and ask to speak with the Course Rating department.