It's Fall: Your Handicapping Checklist October 14, 2015 | Far Hills, N.J. By USGA

Autumn is here and the end of the golf season is on the horizon in some parts of the country. Here’s a quick checklist to help you make the most of the upcoming weeks on the links.

Active vs. Inactive Season 

  • Inactive season: A period of time, determined by a governing body, where scores are not accepted for handicap purposes. Learn more here.
  • Section 6-2 of the USGA Handicap Manual: If a round is played at a course currently in an inactive season, those scores are not posted to a players’ Handicap Index. 
  • Active vs. Inactive Schedule: Find out when the active Handicap season ends in your part of the country.
  • Snowbirds: Do you play most of your golf during the winter somewhere warm? Check this out.


The Daylight Effect: If you set out to play 18 holes but daylight spoils the fun, keep these two rules of thumb in mind for posting your score using the guidelines in section 5-2 of the USGA Handicap Manual:   

  • 12 Holes or Less: Post a nine-hole score
  • 13-17 holes: Post an 18-hole score


Tips and resources: Because the more you know...the better you play!