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The highest slope rating in Europe?

11.00am 19th August 2004 - Courses

The Meland Golf Club near Bergen in Norway has received a rating off the championship tees of 151.The high score reflects not only its length but also the topography, the prevailing weather and the degree of difficulty

The Meland Golf Club near Bergen in Norway entered Europe’s Top 100 golf courses awarded by Golf Monthly only months after it opened in 1998.
PGA Design Consulting designed the course with a brief to provide a true championship venue. It has now received a rating off the championship tees of 151. The lowest slope rating is 55 and the highest is 155.
The Slope Rating system has been running in North America for some time and is now being introduced into Europe, where it is administered by national golf federations and unions under guidance and license from the United States Golf Association (USGA).
Slope Rating is the evaluation of the relative difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch golfers compared to the course rating (i.e. compared to the difficulty of the course for scratch golfers). A golf course of standard playing difficulty has a Slope Rating of 113.
The high score at Meland reflects not only its length but also the topography, the prevailing weather and the degree of difficulty posed throughout the course, to make it truly a test for all golfers. At the first event for PGA Professionals, no competitor made par.
The forward tees are positioned for the higher handicap golfer, ladies and juniors where the course is easier with the slope rating reduced to 141 – still a challenge – but repeat visits by local and international golfers demonstrate its high popularity.
For further information, contact: Bob Hunt Int. +44 (0)117 952 7585 bob.hunt@pgadc.com
PGA Design Consulting www.pgadc.com

       

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