Why is Northern Utah is inactive for score posting from November 15th to March 15th?
When a member posts a score to his/her handicap, they are posting against the Course Rating and Slope of the given tees he/she played. These rating values were calculated by Course Raters during the peak playing condition of the course. When winter hits Utah, these playing conditions change considerably (i.e. greens are slower, rough height is shorter, less foliage, drives can roll farther, etc). These altered playing conditions will, in many cases, lower scores across the board, ultimately lowering handicap indexes to a value that cannot be played to during mid-season. Another way to look at it is to imagine what the Course Rating and Slope would be if the courses were rated in January. This is why authorized golf associations across the nation determine their respective inactive seasons that golf clubs in their jurisdiction must follow. Northern Utah's starts on November 15th and ends on March 15th. As a side note for you snowbirds traveling to warmer climates, check to see if your destination is seasonal or year-round. Southern Utah for instance, is an area with a year round score posting season because of their beautiful winter climate. Remember, you must post rounds played at courses in states and areas that are active, even if Utah is not!