Are we experiencing ratings inflation? I've just noticed that ratings seem to be going up. Also, the ratings for division qualifications went up not long ago. Was that to adjust for ratings inflation?
It seems like ratings inflation is inevitable so long as low rounds are dropped and the points per stroke for high SSA courses are set as low as they are. With tournaments overfilling we get more temp holes added and the SSAs go up just because of the greater number of holes. That seems to inflate the ratings of players of lower skill, leading to new propagators with 800ish ratings who then inflate the ratings of the scratch golfers in follow on tournaments, and so on. It seems like the ratings inflation will accelerate if something isn't done. Is it a problem, or can we just keep adjusting the boundaries for divisions and not worry about it?