Originally Posted by DavidSauls
I don't think ratings vary greatly between home-course players and traveling players. They might for a player who's game fits his home course, such as a long thrower who only plays his long open home course. But by-and-large, I look at results among players who play lots of courses, and they don't shoot much higher ratings on their own courses than when on the road.
I felt the same way as you, but then I looked at my rounds for the last year and came up with some actual numbers. I am currently rated 933 and have played 32 rated rounds in the last year. I have played 14 rounds at my "home" courses and 18 rounds at courses I have only played once or twice.
Average: 933.9 (home), 923.0 (away)
Standard Deviation: 32.79 (home), 36.82 (away)
Since May, I have a total of 21 rounds, 7 home and 14 away:
Average: 947.9 (home), 931.4 (away)
Standard Deviation: 23.2 (home), 32.03 (away)
5 of my 8 highest rated rounds were at home (but my highest by far (by 18 points) was away) and 5 of my 6 worst rounds were away. I guess being away does lower your rating.