To become a qualified rater one needs a deep understanding of the design aspects of golf course architecture. Also it is vital to have played a wide variety and large number of the world’s finest courses.

There are networks of raters which communicate their opinions on layouts which they have recently played.

The rater must remain totally independent of any influence in giving his/her opinions. The criteria include:

  • Memorability of each hole
  • Strategic interest
  • Variety of challenge
  • Condition of the golf course from the maintenance point of view
  • Routing of the holes in the property
  • Quality of the par 3s, par 4s and par 5s
  • Is the course sufficiently interesting to call for being played again, regularly or even as a home course