The OP's example of being better in scrambles than their Country Club friend is a really bad example though. Unless you know for a fact that the CC friend and all his teammates have handicaps much lower than you and your teammates, using a scramble team score as a marker for a single persons ability is pretty inaccurate. We have a company scramble every year and my boss always grabs me to play with him and a couple other Directors because I'm the only scratch player in the company. The problem is all those guy's are 25-30 handicaps and provide little to no assistance. I play my ass off to get us -7, -8 under every year and we always finish in the middle of the pack with a team of 8-12 handicappers usually winning. If we played the tournament as a individual stroke play event I would mop the floor, so comparing scramble scores is not a good evaluation on this subject in my opinion.
agreed, In a scramble you are only as good as your weakest link on the team. The winning team usually has a player or two that had "one of those days" where they shot very well.
I hate scrambles, especially scrambles that have mulligans available. Brambals or hollywood scrambles are OK ( scramble off the tee, pick the best drive and play your own ball into the hole)