What Courses Need to Know

We, at the Hacker's Guide, are constantly given advice by courses on how we can create a better, more enlightening rating system than Golf Digest and GolfWeek. Not that we compete with them, because we really don't. We service every golfer, and every course, not just the top 10-20%. Regardless, the consensus seems clear. Courses want to know what they are being rated on, and how they are being rated. To most of the courses who ask, the other models are a mystery. Many others feel like once a rating is in they're not given another chance, that they're scored the same year after year, despite their improvements/changes. Still others wish they knew more of why and where they were falling short so they could simply try to "fix" the issues.

The bottom line is, we're in this business to bring business to the courses that are doing it right. The golf courses are our partners, and we believe in our rating system and equally in the disclosure of what we're looking for and how we score it. So if discretion is the better part of valor, we're pansies... And proud of it. We evaluate each course on:


  • Course Condition
  • Signage
  • Clubhouse
  • Cleanliness
  • On/Off Course Restrooms
  • Course Elements of Play


  • Female Friendliness
  • Pace of Play
  • Food Service On/Off Course
  • Customer Service
  • Amenities
  • Quality of Experience


  • Playing Conditions on Course
  • Hazards
  • Flexibility of Difficulty / Scoring
  • Distance Marking & Reliability
  • Course Structure
  • Golf Carts & Walking Conditions


  • Tee Time Management
  • Junior Golf / League Play
  • Practice & Instruction
  • Website Management
  • On Course Signage
  • Course Popularity


  • Golf Related Costs
  • Discounts & Promotions
  • Food, Beverage & Pro Shop Costs
  • Golfing Experience
  • Fun Factor
  • Personal Experience

Obviously we break each category down more than that, but if you're a course and you're looking at your numbers, this should tell you what we think you need to work on.