Here in the US we have different areas that have different grasses (Bent vs Bermuda). So for example when I was practicing or caddying at a club in Florida I would look for a worn out area up at the Cup. If not I would keep in mind this grass would follow where the SUN would rise and go down. In the Northern part or maybe colder climate areas things that affect break are (ponds, Lakes, Valley’s). Also keep in mind most (not all) clubhouses are on the highest points of the property. Now in terms of speed most public courses are slower than private clubs. This usually because of the amount of foot traffic. But, the best thing to do is to go the practice green and hit Putts for all over.