Recently,. I started maintaining a handicap utilizing the correct formula, course index, slope rating. The last course I played (Castle Creek in North San Diego County) has an index of 68.3 and slope 121 compared with the course I used to play more often (MCAS Miramar Memorial) which has index/slope of 70.0/120. The Castle Creek course appears to have a lot more difficult topography with large canyons, lateral water hazards, lakes , very narrow fairways lined with trees and/or houses, yet for some reason or other I seem to play a lot better than I do at Miramar. Of course, the course at Miramar is also quite a bit longer measuring 6411 yards from the whites, while Castle Creek measures 5939. I usually hit the par 3's in regulation at Castle, and seldom at Miramar. Also Miramar is completely flat which has a lot to do with it I am sure. Hitting from an elevated tee down to a green 160 yards is a lot easier (for me) than a flat tee to green layout of the same yardage.
My second theory is that the Castle Creek course is more or less uncharted waters for me and I am automatically a little more careful than I am at Miramar. or maybe I am missing something?
Believe it or not, at Castle Creek, there is a par 3 equipped with a shot camera whereby you can pay a $5.00 fee for a chance of winning $5,000 for an ace. I am tempted to try it! I have hit pin high the last two times I played. (birdied both).