Re: Handicap and tees
Originally Posted by tws1098
I depends on many different factors. Just because two courses have similar CR/slope does not mean they will be of equal difficulty to you and your game, and sometimes you might even end up playing better from a set of tees that have a higher CR/slope. Take my home course here in AR as an example. The white tees play 70.5/131 (6000 yard, par 70), and the blue tees play 72.4/140 (6400 yards). If you look at my scores (not talking differentials but actual scores), I play significantly better from the blues. My main strength is my distance, and playing from the white tees I have to shape my driver off the tee and hit a near-perfect shot just to keep the ball in play on about half the holes. If I move back to the blues, I can just hit my drives up the gut of the fairway and not have to worry about it. It just depends on how each set of tees compliments/contrasts your game that determines how each's difficulty will compare.
On a different note, you have to look at the CR in relation to the slope to determine what the difference in difficulty really is. All slope decribes is the difference
between what a scratch golfer and a bogey golfer (~20 hdcp) should shoot. For example, two courses with similar slopes could have scratch/bogey differences of 70/95 and 78/103 and still maintain the same slope. Obviously the latter course would be more difficult, but if all you are doing is looking at the slope and ignoring the CR you won't be able to tell that there is a significant difference in difficulty between the two. Also, if you are a lower handicap the slope doesn't apply to you nearly as much as the course rating does.