Yes. We play off the lowest handicapped player. The low man plays to a 0, and everyone gets pops from there. The #1 rated hole at our course is a par 4, so everyone getting strokes gets 1 on that hole, and so on. For the sake of argument, I’m a 0, and my three buddies are all 1s. They all get one stroke on the #1 hole, which is a par 4.
If you give pops based on par 5s first, well thats just weird, and I don’t know what game you are playing.
Wolf, 9 game, nassau, fourball, 6s, etc etc, you all get 1 starting on the #1 handicapped hole, par be damned.