How to become a NYSGA Course Rater

The New York State Golf Association is the association is responsible for the rating and measuring of golf courses in the state outside of the MGA (Mid Hudson and Long Island) and RDGA (Rochester) regions.

An NYSGA Course Rating Team, which is comprised of a Team Captain (often the NYSGA Manager of Course Rating) and a group of trained volunteers, are assigned courses within their geographic region to rate. These regions include WNY, CNY, the Southern Tier, the Capital District, and the Adirondacks. 

When rating a golf course, the course rating team evaluates each hole using the Course Rating System. The majority of the team’s time is spent measuring distances to various obstacles from specific landing zones based on shot parameters. After rating the obstacles, the rating team may play the golf course to gain greater insight, from a playing perspective, and to clarify any doubts or questions that may arise on specific holes or shots.

The NYSGA has openings for team members in all regions. To be considered, you must complete the NYSGA's New Volunteer Registration Form and required training. Due to the technical nature of course ratings, it is important that raters be given an opportunity to rate at least 3-5 courses each year.

To learn more, please contact Mark Ackley, NYSGA Manager of Course Rating, via his office phone number 315-471-6979 or by email at