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Posting Scores
(Scores are posted through Indiana Blue Golf. Click here for information about how to post your scores.)

Post your scores for ALL rounds other than League day. (League day scores will be posted for you.) The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. Fair handicapping depends upon full and accurate information regarding a player's potential scoring ability as reflected by a complete scoring record. Every player is responsible for posting all acceptable scores. (The only scores not to be posted are listed in the Rules of Golf under “Unacceptable Scores”.) As long as you are playing a round in accordance with the Rules of Golf, the score must be posted. If it is a “practice” round, it should be declared as such prior to teeing off and should not be posted.

For handicap purposes, Equitable Stroke Control must be applied to all scores, including tournament scores. Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) is the downward adjustment of an individual hole score for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player’s potential ability. ESC sets a maximum number that a player can post on any hole depending on the player’s Course Handicap. ESC is used only when a player’s actual or ‘most likely’ score exceeds the player’s maximum number based on the following table.

Example: A player with a Course Handicap of 9 has a maximum number of par plus two strokes (double bogey) for any hole. A player with a Course Handicap of 25 has a maximum number of 8 for any hole regardless of par. A player with a Course handicap of 40 has a maximum number of 10 for any hole.

Course Handicap  Maximum Number on a Hole*
    9 or less  Double Bogey
 10 through 19      7
 20 through 29      8
 30 through 39      9
 40 and above    10
 *Used to determine your adjusted score for posting.

Posting scores in person immediately following the round at the course where the round is played is preferred. Otherwise, the score must be posted online.

Generally, you should post all scores no matter where you play. Below are a few specific rules to follow in particular cases:

  • If 13 or more holes are played, the player must post an 18-hole score. If 7 to 12 holes are played, the player must post a nine-hole score. In either case, scores for unplayed holes must be recorded as par plus any handicap strokes that the player is entitled to receive on the unplayed holes.
  • Post a score even if you play only play nine holes. (The system will ask if it was 9 holes or 18 holes.) The system will combine nine hole scores into an 18-hole score.
  • When you pick up on a hole, jot down the score you most likely would have made. If this score is higher than the maximum number you are allowed under the ESC system, then you need to adjust your score to this maximum.
  • You must play by the principles of the Rules of Golf in order to post your score. For instance, if you use a mulligan, you aren't playing a hole under the Rules of Golf, so treat it as a hole not played and record par plus any handicap strokes you would have received.

When Not to Post

  • When fewer than seven holes are played;
  • When made on a golf course in an area in which an inactive season established by the authorized golf association is in effect;
  • When a majority of the holes are not played in accordance with the principles of the Rules of Golf;
  • When the length of the course is less than 3,000 yards for 18 holes;
  • When, as a condition of the competition, the maximum number of clubs allowed is less than 14, or types of clubs are limited as, for example, in a competition that allows only iron clubs;
  • When scores are made on a course with no USGA Course or Slope Rating;
  • For more information on scores not to be posted, please refer to “Unacceptable Scores” in the Rules of Golf.

For more information about posting of scores, please refer to the USGA Handicap System Manual, Section 5, Scoring.