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Announcing: The Inside Golf “Carpark to the 19th” Course Experience Ratings

Historically, golf course rankings have been written by golf pros, journalists, course architects and industry professionals. The ratings have been based on features like design, condition, length, number of hazards, etc, with sometimes a hint at the “Wow Factor”.

And while these rankings are a critical part of golf, it doesn’t always tell the whole story.

Isn’t a great golf experience more than just the sum of the parts? For the average punter, a great golf course may simply be one where he or she doesn’t lose a dozen balls in the round. Or perhaps one with wide fairways …or a friendly staff …or just amazing scenery.

So, Inside Golf is pleased to introduce our new “Carpark to the 19th” course experience series: written BY punters, FOR punters. Measuring a golfer’s “Overall Experience” at a course, our Carpark series brings course reviews to those who know it best: everyday Australian golfers!

Our course reviews are performed via a course Scorecard, a 36-point checklist which asks golfers around Australia to award points based upon various features of a course. Points from the scorecards are tallied, and then combined with Inside Golf’s internal ratings factors to derive an overall course rating.

At the end of each year, Inside Golf will tabulate the overall results, and determine the “Golfers’ Choice” Award for Australia’s best golf courses. And our top reviewers will even collect some prizes along the way.

The Carpark to the 19th Course Experience Ratings program is open to all golfers. Here’s how to participate:

  1. Download a Review Scorecard, and take it with you the next time you play a course.
  2. After playing, email your scorecard and photos to us (Note – photos MUST be high-resolution/good quality). email us at ed @ (and remove spaces in the email address)

Note: You can rate as many different courses as you like. But you cannot submit multiple ratings for the same course (Yes, we DO check on that!). You MAY NOT rate your own home course.

About Richard Fellner

A four-time winner of the Australian Golf Media Awards, including Best Photojournalism, Best Opinion, Best Column and Best Photographic Presentation, Inside Golf Group Editor Richard Fellner is the quintessential Golf Tragic, having played the game for over 50 years (but has never gotten any better!) He has played and reviewed courses all over the world, and has interviewed many of the great players of the game (including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Greg Norman). Richard is a member of both the Australian Golf Media Association and the Golf Society of Australia, and has been a featured guest on many Australian "sports talk" radio shows and networks, including ABC Grandstand, SEN 1116, Melbourne Talk Radio 1377, 2GB and others. Follow Richard Fellner on Quora


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