GAM News
USGA Course Rating Short Course Portability Study
September 14, 2022
Written By: Hunter Koch

This autumn,  the GAM is excited to participate along with participating member clubs in the ongoing short course research study being conducted by the United States Golf Association® (USGA).

Under the current Rules of Handicapping, scores posted towards an individual’s Handicap Index® must come from tees which are longer than 1,500 yards for nine holes, or 3,000 yards for 18 holes.  In preparation for the quadrennial revision to the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System™, scheduled for 2024, the USGA is partnering with Allied Golf Associations, like GAM, and member courses, on research and score testing to integrate courses underneath these length thresholds into the World Handicap System® (WHS).

In Michigan, our participating courses are:

  • Threetops GC at Treetops Resort in Gaylord
  • Green Course at Bay Meadows Family GC in Traverse City

How can I help?

We need your scoring data!  If you have played one of the two participating courses in the 2022 season, and have hole-by-hole scoring information, please complete an electronic form at the appropriate links below.  Scores will be accepted at these links through October 15, 2022.

To post scores from Threetops GC at Treetops Resort, click here.

To post scores from the Green Course at Bay Meadows Family GC, click here.