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SAGA License USGA Course Rating System

10 Oct 2013

SAGA License USGA Course Rating System

The South African Golf Association today announced that they have signed an agreement with the United States Golf Association (USGA) to license their golf course rating system.
The system currently used in South Africa to rate golf courses uses mainly the length of the course. The USGA rating system is a comprehensive system that uses, amongst other criteria, altitude, elevation changes, width and slope of fairways, distance to hazards in tee shot landing areas, as well as hazards around the greens, green size, slope and their average speed.

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HANDICAP CHANGES - Effective 1 April 2013

06 Aug 2013

For those of you that may have missed the communications we sent out, the SAGA introduced a few changes to the handicap system with effect from the 1st of April, 2013.

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SAGA Handicapping Manual

01 Feb 2012

22 December 2011 

Handicap Calculation Changes Effective 1st February 2012


The South Africa Golf Association (SAGA) compared the South African handicap calculation to those in use by the other major golfing countries, especially those countries that play similar handicap competitions to South Africa. This investigation resulted in the decision to align South Africa more closely with the USGA and other international Handicap System.

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Introducing GolfRSA

The new Golf RSA is now live. You can visit for all the latest news and information on amateur golf in South Africa.

Look out for the new GolfRSA website coming soon.

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