I wonder about this. There's a course not that far from me and the distance on the scorecard is extremely off.
The scorecard and the distances posted at each hole totals up to 6032 yards but I measured it at 4800 yards.
The course has a few bunkers, no water hazards, and the course rating is 68.0 with a slope rating of 111.
It seems a disparity of over 1000 yards would make a significant difference to CR/Slope, right?
I think I'll use this course as a place to play practice rounds since I don't feel comfortable including the scores from that course for my handicap.
I don't see why not, if the course ratings are correct it really doesn't matter how long is the course.
The only thing that is affected by the 1000 yard disparity is the "average driving/club distance" calculation. However, the fact that it is off by 1000 yards is kind of abnormal, are you sure about your measurements? Did you use Google Earth to measure them?
The course rating is factored into the handicap calculation. 68.0/111 is a pretty standard municipal course. We have ones in the San Gabriel Valley area that are rated from 56/102 all the way to 76.3/135.
When you play an easier or harder course the score and course ratings are factored into your handicap for that round.
The course only has ladies and men's tees.
And the reason I don't feel comfortable using the scores there to put in for my handicap is because I don't know if the course has changed since it was rated or what the reason is for the 1200 yard disparity between what the club states the course yardage and what the measurements I've taken with my GPS.
I'm going to do a calculation on Google Earth now to see what I come up with.