Originally Posted by Flash
Jordan, that SSA was 59 for the east side in the longs and Pro pads last year. This was also in decent weather the year before it was 59.27 with a little worse weather but all long baskets. This is also predicated by the fact that the PRO field an average had a player rating of 1000. As much as we want to believe that the rating system does not depend on the propagators, it does.
My best guess with these changes the course play would lower the SSA by 5 strokes but the points per stroke probably would not leave the 8-8.5 per stroke range. So if you want to make it tougher to win for better players leave it at 8 if you want to make it easier for the better players make it 9. Looks like last year TDG played it closer to 62.5 SSA with the weather and extra clothing I am sure. I bet 8 is still a pretty safe bet as long as you are not stalking the course with a bunch of 1000 rated players
Well I wouldn't call it a bunch and certainly NOT the average rating for the field...but we have some very good golfers in TDG. I've seen some pretty amazing scorecards turned in.
Yeah the weather will probably have a measurable effect and also lesson the hole by hole improvement you list above. We really won't know for sure until the rounds are played.
That also reminds me of a possible change to the way we handicap this league next year. What if each round's ssa isn't set before the match and we use whatever ssa is actually shot during the round? It may put some uncertainty in the match if you do not know exactly what you have to shoot to beat your opponent.