I have only golfed at 5 or 6 courses in my few years of playing but the majority of the courses I have played at have exaggerated their hole distances by a ton. I was quite confused why i was able to consistently hit passed the 200 to go mark on a 515 yard par 5 at my home course. I played the 450 yard woman's tees one day and hit one up to the 100 to go mark. Upon using google earth I discovered that the 515 yard par 5 is actually 460 yards and from the woman's tees is 350 yards. I checked a few more holes and maybe 3 or 4 were even close to the actual distance. Most were about 30 yards shorter than advertised.
In a lot of threads people claim to have driven that magical par 4 that was 300+ despite never hitting that far before in their life. I feel like these holes are probably also exaggerating the distance a bit.
It's a bit of a wake up call when I usually play my 6600 yard home course and end up playing a course that is actually 6600 yards.
Is it prestige or something else that causes a course to do this.