For those who play in tournaments where handicap matters do you ever go to new courses or play back a set of tees because you find that your scores go up when you do? Is this a legitimate form of handicap management or is it unfair?
As I’ve aged and lost some distance I find that if I play the white tees all the time my handicap will be a couple strokes lower than if I play the blue tees all the time. The course rating and slope difference between the two doesn’t reflect the difference in my scores. Similarly, after playing my home course for so long I know where to miss and not to miss and my scores reflect that. If I play a lot of unfamiliar courses my handicap rises.