Volunteers are vital

Give back to the game

Thank you for clicking the Volunteer and/or Learn the game with Golf Saskatchewan link. In this section we will provide you with insightful information about some of our CORE programs/services. We hope you find it informative and if you have any questions, please let us know.

If you are interested to volunteer with Golf Saskatchewan, do not hesitate to contact our office to get started today!

Without volunteers, we cannot deliver all of our programs and member services.
Please get involved today!

Golf Saskatchewan

Volunteers have access to training opportunities, are reimbursed for costs incurred while volunteering and are invited to the yearly Volunteer Appreciation Day which usually takes place in September every year. There are several ways to become involved with Golf Saskatchewan as a volunteer.

Board of Directors

Golf Saskatchewan has volunteer positions available with the executive board, standing committees and some operational committees. Board of directors meet no less three times per year (two face-to-face board meetings and one general meeting per year). If you are or know someone who is interested in becoming a director, please read the Director Nomination Information and fill out the nomination form in one of the options available below.

TBA – 3-year term positions

Please click on the following forms if you are interested:

Tournament Volunteer

Golf Saskatchewan can always benefit from individuals willing to contribute their time to the delivery of tournaments and provincial championships. Tournament administration volunteers will be tasked with duties that may include general operations, set up and take down, media (such as taking pictures and posting updates to the website), starting, pace of play, and scoring and results.

Contact Steve Ryde for more details (306)975-0834 or via email.

Course Rating

Course Rating Team(s)

A course rater with Golf Saskatchewan travels to various courses with a team of other course raters and rate a course in order to measure and rate the relative difficulty of the golf course so that a player’s handicap is accurate and transportable from golf course to golf course. Course rates are expected to attend a course rating seminar each year and stay current on the Golf Canada Course Rating System (GCCRS). Course raters can expect to rate between two and four courses per season.

The purpose of the GCCRS is to measure and rate the relative difficulty of golf courses across Canada so that a player’s Handicap factor is accurate and transportable from golf course to golf course. The Course Rating System takes into account factors that affect the playing difficulty of a golf course including yardage, effective playing length and number of obstacle factors such as topography, elevation, doglegs, prevailing wind, bunkering, etc. After a thorough study of the Course and Slope Rating System developed by the United States Golf Association (USGA), Golf Canada approved and adopted the system for Canada in January 1995.

The Golf Canada Course Rating System consists of two basic elements:

Course Rating – the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for scratch golfers under normal course and weather conditions expressed as number of strokes (e.g. 72.5).

Slope Rating – the evaluation of the relative difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch golfers compared to the difficulty of the course for scratch golfers. The lowest Slope Rating is 55 and the highest 155. A course of standard playing difficulty will have a Slope Rating of 113.

Every member golf course should have a Course Rating and Slope rating for each set of tees at the course.

Accuracy and consistency are the keys to effective course rating. Golf Canada and the provincial golf associations work together to rate golf courses and ensure that course ratings are accurate and uniform from coast to coast. Only Golf Canada authorized provincial golf associations may rate golf courses. If a club disagrees with its ratings, it may request that the provincial golf association review the ratings.

Golf Saskatchewan offers an annual workshop for both introductory (novice) and advanced course raters. Course raters are provided with a course rating manual in addition to the men’s and women’s guides. Teams of four are set up for the on-course experience and are a combination of experienced and novice course rating participants with experienced raters serving as mentors. From there, rating teams go out and rate all of the Saskatchewan courses requiring a re-rate as per the manuals.

Golf Saskatchewan hosted an online seminar led by Richard Smith on May 20, 2020.

2022 Course Rating Seminar |

DateTimeLocationInstructor(s)
May 16Golf Saskatchewan office | Saskatoon (Team Leaders only)Richard Smith
Course Rating Team
May 17 Golf Saskatchewan office | Saskatoon Richard Smith
Course Rating Team
May 18 Golf Saskatchewan office | Saskatoon Richard Smith
Course Rating Team

For more information please contact Candace Dunham at (306) 975-0850 or by email.