It looks like Erik was considering the group as a whole, rather than individual ability. I have the distance and handicap to justify playing the tips as well, but it will probably benefit the group that I am in to play up. I see what you're saying though as in there may be occasions here he doesn't feel like he is able to contribute or shouldn't even tee off. Not to say this will happen or that he should feel like that, but my father would also tell me I'm crazy if I asked him to play the tips at Fox, regardless of the format.
I'm very very interested to see what I'll shoot there. This is about 800 yards longer than the typical courses I play, and way harder based on the course/slope ratings. Even though we can pick up at +2, if possible, I will not be as long as I'm not holding anyone up (Though the goal is no doubles or worse ). I don't think the distance will change my score too much, it's mostly gonna be based on the trouble surrounding the hole and my ability to make the smart choice.