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Did you set a goal or perhaps a New Year’s Resolution to improve your golf handicap this season? If you haven’t reached it yet, don’t sweat, you still have some time. However, Bay State golfers only have one month left before active score posting season ends in Massachusetts.
Score posting season in Massachusetts lasts from April 1-November 14, meaning scores posted between those dates are acceptable for handicap purposes. After that, we enter inactive season, which means that scores made on any golf course during that designated period are not acceptable for handicap purposes. The duration of an inactive season varies around the country, with some areas not having one due to a favorable year-round climate.
What if you play outside of Massacchusetts during inactive season? When a golfer plays on a course in an area observing an active season, that score must be posted as long as the round meets the criteria for an acceptable score. But any rounds played on a course other than the home course should receive an Away or “A” score-type when posting the score.
Having this information is crucial to insuring one’s Handicap Index® is a correct representation of their demonstrated ability.
To verify the active/inactive season schedule set by each of the 59 AGAs around the country, please CLICK HERE. In addition, the USGA’s website has a variety of education resources about the World Handicap System™ and Rules of Handicapping.