Guidelines for Posting Out of Season Scores

During the late fall and early spring, the CDGA office receives many questions regarding the posting of scores when the Chicago District is out of season. Listed below are the score-posting rules and regulations:

The USGA Handicap System Manual states – Adjusted gross scores from all courses with USGA Course and Slope Ratings made during their active season, both at home and away, shall be posted by the player along with the appropriate USGA Course and USGA Slope Ratings. The active season in Chicago is April 1-October 31.

  • The last day of the CDGA and CWDGA official season is the last day that scores for rounds played at golf clubs in the Chicago District can be posted for handicap purposes.
  • Rounds played after that date (no matter how good the weather might be) within our District or in any section of the country that is “off-season” are not acceptable for posting.
  • If you spend the winter in a section of the country that is “in-season” (e.g., Florida, Arizona, Southern California, etc.), those scores are to be posted for handicap purposes.
  • You can post scores from the Sun Belt through My CDGA Caddie.
  • If you are a member of a golf club in the Sun Belt, the task of posting your winter scores so they return to your Chicago District club is fairly simple. The score routing is handled through the International Golf Network (IGN).

What is the IGN?
The IGN is a non-profit corporation developed by the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) Network Committee that is operated by the participating golf associations for the sole purpose of providing their members with the ability to post anywhere they play. Currently, more than two million golfers are represented at participating IGN golf associations. The Chicago District and the Chicago Women's District are part of the IGN Network.

In order to have your scores routed through this extensive international network, contact Lynn Boyd, CDGA director of handicapping, at (630) 685-2304 with the information that you are a member of another club in the Sun Belt. Provide the CDGA with the club name, city, and your association number at that club and you will be added to the IGN system.

If your winter club is a member of a golf association that is part of the IGN network, your scores will move back and forth between the Chicago District and will automatically be routed to your winter club.

Remember, your winter club has to be a member of a golf association that is part of the IGN in order for the scores to cross over. You can visit the IGN website at to find a list of the participating associations.

If you are not a member of a Sun Belt club, but you do spend some time during the winter playing golf in the warm weather climates, take a look to see if the course you are playing has a computer system for inputting scores. If so, look for the wording IGN and follow the instructions. You can post your score and it will be routed back to your Chicago District club.