May 1, 2020
Ask the NCGA Expert: Yes, You Can Post Your Scores During Pandemic
Some courses in Northern California never closed. Others in the region began re-opening a few weeks ago. More, including NCGA member courses Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge, are on their way to re-opening for play.
In one word: Yes
Back in March, the USGA acknowledged that some courses had set holes so that the hole liner remains an inch or two above the surface of the green while others have placed various objects into the hole or around the flagstick (such as foam pool noodles or plastic piping) so that a ball is unable to fall to the bottom.
While in all of these instances, the ball is not holed per the Rules of Golf (Rule 3.3c), a round played under these conditions will result in an acceptable score for handicap purposes using the most likely score guidelines (see Rule 3.3 of the Rules of Handicapping).
As the USGA further noted in a press release regarding the matter:
“In these specific cases, provided guidance from health and governmental officials is being followed a temporary measure is in place within the United States to accept scores played under these conditions for handicap purposes using the most likely score guidelines, even though the player has not holed out. This temporary measure is now in effect within the United States until advised otherwise by the USGA.”
So yes, you can post those scores! If you have any further questions, please contact NCGA Director of Handicapping and Course Rating Jim Cowan at firstname.lastname@example.org