Go Hokies -- Thank you I went to the USGA handicap section and found the info you referred to. The following make it easily understandable:
it includes references or links to more info one of which is this and gives a good example to calculate it.
this also sheds light. www.usga.org/.../handicap_answer.asp
We have had this come up recently as more players are realizing that playing forward can be more enjoyable. Also we have been hearing complaints from players that some seniors have been winning skins on our mens days more regularly as they have just been using the course handicap for the specific tees and not doing the second adjustment that is referred to in the USGA for course rating. (I also found you can subtract the difference rather than adding it to those playing the longer tees ---
3-5/1. Adjusting for the Difference in USGA Course Rating between Two Sets of Tees when Most of the Field is Playing from the Higher-rated Set of Tees
Q: When adjusting for the difference in USGA Course Rating between two sets of tees, a player playing from the higher-rated set of tees must add the difference in USGA Course Rating to the player's Course Handicap. In a competition with a field of 100 players, in which 88 are playing the back tees and 12 are playing the forward tees, instead of adding the difference in USGA Course Rating to the Course Handicap of each of the 88 players, could the committee subtract it from the Course Handicap of the 12 players playing the lower-rated set of tees?
A: Yes. The Committee may subtract the difference in rating in such cases since the overall effect will be the same.
here is the link to the USGA on this….. www.usga.org/.../Decision-03)
Thanks to all the FJC for their comments.