I've doing some handicap number crunching and I believe that my handicap is lower because of the course that I play. From the tips the course is 72.1/121 and about 6500 yards. The only thing is that (as i have posted before) the course has lied about some of the distances (by as much as 40 yards on some holes) and the course is incredibly easy. The rough is always cut very short, and the greens are very slow so you can pretty much just take a whack at every putt. The green also are very receptive. There is maybe 15 bunkers total but they are not placed in positions that you would even hit your ball into. Many of the hazards can be avoided with a 230 yard carry. If any 2 or 3 handicapper wanted to get to scratch, I would advise them to play my home course. They will be a +2 in no time.
Last summer I went and played Bully Pulpit which used to be ranked as one of the top ten public golf courses. From the tips the course is rated 75.4/133. This course is extremely hard. There is knee high native grass on almost every hole. If you do not find the fairway you are hitting 3 off the tee because there is no way that you could find your ball. The course is also as long, if not longer than advertised. On the first hole there is a 230 yard carry over the native grass just to get to the fairway. One of the par threes is kind of like TPC #17 in that it is just a green with a small fringe and any ball that does not find the green is lost in the badlands. If I would play the tips at bully as regularly as I do at my home course I would be a 20-30+ handicap because there is a slim chance that I would bust 100. The middle tees at Bully are rated in the 69/118 range. There is no way that Bully should be rated three shots easier than my home course.
If you ask me a scratch golfer would shoot more like 8-10 strokes more at bully.
Anyone have a course they think should be rated different.