Every SCGA member course is rated periodically by the SCGA Course Rating staff and committee —usually about every seven years unless there is a redesign or similar need to rate a course out-of-cycle. Encinitas Ranch was rated recently in the normal cycle and minor changes to our rating/slope will be implemented soon. These changes will take effect when new score cards have been printed and put into use—probably in a couple of weeks. Please read on for details of what to expect when the changes are implemented.
Rating & Slope
The new rating/slope figures were reduced slightly. The table below shows current and new rating/slope for Blue, Green, and White Tees.
This means that you may see a very slight increase in your handicap index sometime after the August 1 GHIN revision update. You are more likely to notice an adjustment to your index if you play most of your golf at Encinitas Ranch. Even if you played all of your rounds at ER, the maximum uptick to your index would be 0.2 (two tenths). If you play most of your golf at other courses, the slope/rating change at ER is not likely to have any effect on your index. The net effect is so slight that only rarely will it impact your course handicap.
The SCGA will adjust the posting computer and GHIN system to the new data at the same time new score cards are introduced. At that time a new Course Handicap Conversion Table will be posted on the bulletin board by the computer.
Allocation of Handicap Strokes – Blue Tees
Because new score cards are being printed, we took this opportunity to review where handicap stokes were assigned for Blue Tees. A few holes will remain the same as they have been. There will be modest changes to allocations for most of the holes. There will be noticeable changes to several holes. The most significant change will be made to Hole 10—currently the #16 handicap hole, this will become the #4 handicap hole.
Allocations of handicap strokes for the Green/White tees will not change.
Local Rules – Course Marking
Click here to see a map of where the changes are on holes 1 and 2.
The need to print new score cards also suggested a review of the local rules printed on the back of the card. The current reference to “flower beds” in this section will be deleted. An area between Holes 1 and 2 was at one time considered a flower bed and relief without penalty was granted if your ball came to rest in this area. This section is no longer maintained as a cultivated area and will be re-marked. The section closest to the cart barn will be marked as “Out of Bounds” (white stakes). The section farthest from the cart barn will be marked as a “Lateral Water Hazard” (red stakes). The area to be marked as OB rarely comes into play on either hole. The area to be marked as LWH can come into play on both holes.
Watch for the new markings on these holes and take appropriate action if your ball comes to rest in those areas. There are no longer any areas in play on the golf course that are considered “flower beds” from which relief without penalty is permitted.