The USGA handicap system is perfectly capable of handling players from 3 sets of tees competing against each other, but our league chooses to use USGA indexes, but not correctly compute our handicaps using the USGA slope and course rating system.
I won low gross last week, so I don't want to come off as a sore winner, but the guys playing from the middle tees are really getting screwed as they have little chance for the gross prize and can be giving an extra 5+ shots to the high cappers. Here is an example that I emailed the Competition and Golf Operations Manager-
Player A always shoots 85 from the blues and is therefore a 19.4 index
Player B always shoots 89 from the whites and is therefore a 27.8 index
If A goes out and shoots 85 in Men's League and B goes out and shoots 89, they have both played to their handicap, but you would have A with a net score of 66 and B with a net score of 61. This is unfair to A. If you computed handicaps as recommended by the USGA, they would both have the same net score which makes sense as they both played exactly to their handicaps.
Here was the reply I got-
I think you may be reading a little too much into this! _________ has run their league similar to this for many years I believe. We before my time.
Couple things to point out. Last year we ran league with everyone playing from the blue tee boxes. This was also met with mixed results, too short, too long, just right….. This year we went back to white, blue, gold with the players handicaps determine which tee box they would play from. With that said after a few requests we allow people to tee off a tee box behind their handicap if they wanted to. I.e. if someone is on whites they can play from the blues however no one can play forward of their designated tee box. This is obviously of no advantage to them to play back a tee box when their handicap doesn’t warrant it. It is their choice!! Now for most people like yourself who are playing from the Gold’s and a decent player then you’re obviously not playing for the “net” prize, you are obviously playing for “Gross”
You’ve mentioned a lot about USGA rules etc. etc. however we have the right to run “our” league the way we wish to run it. If you are proposing all the USGA rules etc. you can kick league for SIX, it’ll be gone. There will be no chance for prize money, you’ll need greater policing of play on the course etc. the list goes on. We run our league as a locals league, it has been this way for many years, most people enjoy it and we have greater numbers playing than we’ve had.
My encouragement to you is to take these points on board consider what we are really playing for and enjoy what we do and have done.