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FFG "Coups-reçus" Statistics for Villarceaux from 22/4/00 to 3/12/04
The following analysis was performed by the FFG on (2197) cards entered in Stroke Play competitions (irrespective of tee) over the last 4 years or so. In fact it means that this was mostly the scores obtained during the Grand Prix, since those are almost the only competitions in which Stroke-play rather than Stableford scoring is used, this the relative difficulty of the holes is probably based on the scores of people with handicaps under 10.
These numbers may be used to establish a new table of "Coups-Reçu" / Strokes received as suggested in the summary by the FFG's Fleole computer system. Note that hole difficulty is not the only criterion on which strokes should be allocated. While in Stableford the order is not important, in Net Matchplay, historically Golf's favoured formula, the sequence of strokes given is critical. For instance a good balance between the outward and return halves, and appropriate spacing of the strokes are all criteria to be considered.
To this end, the rightmost two columns of the table below show what the effect would be if each outward half had all the odd strokes and the inward half all the even strokes as today.
Some of the differences are significant. GolfBag well remembers the difficult stretch from 7 to 11, often giving away 4 strokes in 5 holes - particularly as it turns out that 10 plays very easier than it's current rating. On the other hand that's probably nothing compared to the problems posed if the "new" rating is adopted. Just look at having to give away 3 stokes in the first 3 holes!
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