I know the handicap system is meant to provide a baseline number that measures a player's ability, and is also meant to be equal for all people regardless of the course they play on. I was just curious though if you guys feel there is a correlation between handicaps that are established by people who belong to a home course that is very easy from a course rating standpoint compared to those that establish their handicaps on difficult courses? For example, is a handicap based primarily on a 68/115 course any different than that from a 72.5/135 course? In theory it's not, but I'd like to hear your thoughts.
The reason I bring this up is because the course I belong to is rated at 67.4/112. It's not ideal and I wish I belonged to a more difficult course, but this one is practical, economical, and allows me to play nearly every day after work as it is just a mile from my house. It is also pretty well maintained and is usually in nice shape. This is really my first year playing a lot of competitive golf since being out of high school (23 years old now), and I was concerned that my handicap wasn't going to translate well to other courses when playing in tournaments and such. I was afraid that it may be "padded" in a sense because it was established on such an easy course... However, thus far I have found that to be false. I am actually quite impressed at the accuracy of the handicap system so far. I'm at a 1.7 right now with 6 of my 10 scores coming from my home course, but the differentials when I play more difficult courses have held very true to my handicap thus far. For example, the other day I played a course rated 72.8/136 and I shot a 75, leaving me with a 1.8 differential. That compares to what would basically be a 69 (-3) at my home course, which is a differential of 1.6.
I had always been under the impression that handicaps established on easy courses were going to generally be a little lower than they should be. However, I'm starting to wonder if that's truly the case. Considering a 69 at my course is equal to a 75 at another course, I think the system really does do a good job of evening the playing field.
Anyways, I rambled more than I planned on but I would like to hear your thoughts. I try to play other courses frequently so that I have a variety of scores and courses in my handicap, mainly because I didn't want my tournament scores to not match up with what I claim as a handicap. So far though I have been pleasantly surprised. I would love to hear the CR/slope of the course you play the most, and how your handicap translates to courses that are easier/harder? Do you find it to hold pretty true?