When winter arrives, golfers in much of the country go into hibernation. Others, commonly known as “snowbirds,” escape the cold climate to more appealing temperatures. These lucky “birds” not only enjoy the warmth, they continue to play golf. This situation creates a common question for handicap-posting purposes: “Do I still post my scores?”
The short answer is yes. To solve for the seasonal weather fluctuations and when scores should be posted, the USGA Handicap System™ has established an “active” and “inactive” season schedule. How does it work? An inactive season means that scores made on any golf course during that designated period are not acceptable for handicap-posting purposes.
However, when snowbirds make scores on a golf course in an area observing an active season they must be posted for handicap purposes, even if the golf club where the player receives the Handicap Index® is inactive (e.g., a golfer from New York plays golf in Florida in January).
Often, golfers who seasonally relocate are also members of another golf club. These players are considered multi-members. In this situation, the player should be registered through the authorized golf association or computation service as such. This ensures all scores at all clubs are entered into one scoring record.