Each course played has been categorised as follows:

Overall Value – This is a measure, out of 5, of the combination of history, quality and price, to give an overall value, it is the primary score produced and further explained here.

Course Quality – This is a subjective assessment of the course, out of 5, based on a range of factors, including Design and Greenkeeping standard (tees, fairways, bunkers and greens)

Region – This is based on the 13 regions defined and used by the Scottish Government Tourist board

Course Type – The predominant type of course, namely links, parkland, heathland, etc.  Where there are 2 types on the same course, the predominant one is used

Price – The midweek price for an adult single round, by a range of price bands

Architect – This is the predominant architect influencing the current design, or a historically renowned architect that readers may wish to know

Holes – the number of holes, normally 9 or 18

Course Owned By – Who owns the course, public, private members, commercial, etc.  This can be used to gauge the accessibility of the course, but not always as some of the public courses, such as St Andrews Old Course and Carnoustie, are in high demand.  Note, in Scotland, several of the public owned courses, can be in as good condition, if not better, than private “member owned” clubs.

When Course Established – This is when the course was first established, and can be used to quickly assess the likely historical importance of the course