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.
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:
When Not to Post
For more information about posting of scores, please refer to the USGA Handicap System Manual, Section 5, Scoring.