For the life of me, I don't understand why people pick tees based solely on distance. From the USGA website:
the one number every golfer worse than a scratch should check before deciding which tees to play. This rating is the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for the bogey golfer. It is based on yardage, effective playing length and other obstacles to the extent that affect the scoring ability of the bogey golfer. To figure out this number, other than from looking at this database, the bogey golfer should take the Slope Rating®, divide it by the set factor (5.381 for men, and 4.24 for women) and add that to the Course Rating. The result is a target score for the bogey golfer, and is a truer yardstick of the challenge that lies ahead for the particular set of tees. Example: 96.3- which predicts the bogey golfer's average of his ten best (out of twenty) scores would be approximately 96.3 from this particular set of tees.
This is awesome - can you help me work through this just so that I understand a little better? What is the definition of a bogey golfer? would that mean an 18 handicap?
How does that affect 9 hole rounds as well? My most often played course's rating is listed below. Does this mean a player from the whites should average 45? I came up with that this way. 111/5.381=X x+35.1*2=90.82 / 2 = 45.414
My handicap is acording to OOBgolf is 17.9. I consider myself a strive for 5's bogey golfer. My average score over the last 10 rounds at the course is 45.7. (Lowest = 40, highest = 50, and mode is 46) I typically play the whites, and on the shorter par 4's, have started playing the blues.