Glossary & Guides

Criss-Cross Tee Times – Often called split tee times, these are consecutive tee times starting on the #1 and #10 tees.

Handicapping Players without a USGA Handicap – Necessary when some golfers may not have established handicaps. Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits golf professionals can provide a handicap for each participant using the Callaway Handicap System. Here, a player's handicap is determined after each round by deducting from the player's gross score for 18 holes, the worst individual holes during the first 16 holes of the round.

Shotgun Start – Frequently used by larger groups of 40 or more players. In a shotgun start, each group is assigned to a different starting hole on the course to allow for all groups to begin play at the same time. Thus, a foursome might begin play on hole twelve and complete a total of 18 holes, finishing on hole eleven. The advantage of a shotgun start is that all foursomes begin and complete play at approximately the same time. Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits require a minimum of 40 golfers in order to do a shotgun format. Recommended starting times are 8:00 am and 2:00 pm, depending on the time of year.

Straight Tee Times – Often called consecutive tee times, these are reservations that are held for any number of golfers. Under this method, each golfer or group is assigned a tee time. Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits start tee times as early as 7:00 am when daylight permits, and send off groups at 10-minute intervals. All courses reserve the right to fill your foursome if there are less than four in your group.

USGA Course Rating – The evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for scratch golfers under normal course and weather conditions. It is expressed as strokes taken to one decimal place and is based on yardage and other obstacles to the extent that they affect the scoring ability of a scratch golfer.
USGA Handicap Index – A measure of a player's potential scoring ability on a course of standard playing difficulty. It is expressed as a number taken to one decimal place and used for conversion to a handicap.

USGA Slope Rating – The measure of the playing difficulty of a course for players with handicaps above scratch. The range of slope rating is from a low of 55 to a high of 155. The standard slope rating is 113 for both men and women.