So I was talking with my golf buddies the other day - one of the guys we work with belongs to a private club & posts a low hcp. We all play bottomfeeder golf on golfnow - meaning we play the cheapest tee times at a dozen or more courses within an hour or so driving time. In scramble tourneys, I've seen it several times that any of us mop the floor with the private club guy with the far lower hcp.
My question is this ... guys that play ONE course and only one course know the green slopes & where to target their approach shot on each green, where to put the ball on which side of the fairway so that one tree doesn't partially block your wedge shot in, where you should lay your tee shot on that blind dogleg right, etc. When you play tons of different courses, you never learn that truly "insider" information that comes with playing one club all the time.
So, it just seems to me that private club guys of similar skill will have a lower hcp than guys who play a variety of public courses. I think the best way to lower your handicap isn't to spend more time at the range, it's to join a private club !! Thoughts ?