Where2Golf.com course ratings and definitions
ratings and definitions used in Where2Golf.com:
Where2Golf Course Ratings:
Where2Golf has applied a rating to each golf course visited, based on
the personal experiences and views of the Where2Golf team. The rating scale, 5
(highest) to 1 (lowest), attempts to provide an indication of the golfing
experience you can expect at each rated course.
The ratings are based on our personal assessment of three things:
quality of the clubhouse, practice ground and associated facilities beyond the
golf course are not factored into the ratings.
- Quality of the golf course design and
- Course condition and presentation.
- Scenic attraction of what you see beyond the
each rating category we highlight the top courses with a “plus” sign (gold circle). In our
view a 4+ course offers something in addition to a standard 4-star course, in
terms of course design, conditioning or scenery beyond the course.
Course type: Something about the
course itself. For example:
- 5+ (5-gold): simply the best - golf courses dont get better than this. One of our top-rated 5s!
- 5-star: simply the best; golf courses don’t
get much better than this.
- 4+ (4-gold) a must play course - excellent standard. One of our top-rated 4s!
- 4-star: generally an excellent standard golf
course, well worth visiting.
- 3+ (3-gold) : a good course with many fine features. One of our top-rated 3s.
- 3-star: a good golf course with many fine
- 2-star: a reasonable standard golf course;
good value, especially if better courses not available.
- Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the
- Private: a course for members and their
invited guests only.
- Stay & Play Golf Resorts: Golf Clubs and resorts with onsite accommodation
a course by the sea
and usually laid out amongst sand dunes.
top: much of the
course is set above the sea on the top of cliffs.
course, with not too many trees lining the holes.
course, with many tree-lined holes.
typically on sandy soil with heather or gorse lining the holes.
occupying desert terrain, with desert shrubland lining the holes.
about what lies beyond the course:
residential housing or a suburban area.
from housing in a natural environment of farmland or ranchland.
adjacent to the sea,
although this may not guarantee sea views!
a sizeable lake or
river provides an additional feature to the course.
desert scrubland or
shrubland lies beyond the course.
most of the course
is situated in forest or a wooded area.
Walking the course: Something
about the physical effort needed to get round the course.
effort to walk: relatively
flat terrain; perhaps a few gentle gradients to climb.
- A few
slopes to climb: some
gradients could feel a bit like hard work.
slopes to climb: some
steeper or longer climbs on the way round.
going: hilly and/or
long distances from greens to tee. Golf cart generally advisable.
ratings shown in the Where2Stay section are taken from published hotel guides;
they are not the assessment of the Where2Golf team. In line with providing
details of the best golf courses, we have attempted to provide details on some
of the better hotels in the neighbourhood of the courses.
very good all-round
covers a wide-range,
but should be of good quality.
could be a bit basic
in some areas.
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