When Does the Golf Season Start and End? – ALL 50 States!

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The new golf season is a special time of year for many people. There are 50 different states that have their own rules on when the golf season starts and ends – all guided by the USGA and its handicap submission guidelines. This blog post will cover them all, so you can start planning your next rounds accordingly.

When Do the Golf Courses Open and Close in My State?

Most states start the golf season in March or April. The exception to this rule is that some states offer all-year-round golfing. In order to submit your handicap legally and post a score, you must play within the stated months that dictate the golfing season in your state.

Confirm official golf season times by looking at the state table below!

There are 21 states that you can play golf 365 days a year and they have no start or end of the season.

These are the warmer states that have the right climate to allow golf to be played on a course all year round.

That leaves 29 states that have an official golfing season and therefore you must be aware of any inactive months in your local area where submission of your golf scores would be deemed invalid.

What Months are the Golf Season?

Below you can find information in your area for when the golf season starts and the months you can play on your favorite course. Our updated stats are based on the USGA Handicap Active and Inactive Season Schedule which you can check out for more details.

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We have divided the information into 4 main areas, North East, Mid West, South, and West.

Then, using the US census regions log each state into a more localized table for ease of use.

North East (New England)

StateAssociationStart of SeasonEnd of Season
ConnecticutCSGAApril 1stNovember 14th
MaineMSGAApril 15thOctober 31st
MassachusettsMass GolfApril 1stNovember 14th
New HampshireNHGAApril 1stNovember 14th
Rhode IslandRIGAApril 1stNovember 14th
VermontVGAApril 15thOctober 31st

North East (Middle Atlantic)

Note: New York has 3 golf associations with differing golf season starts/ends.
Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA), New York State Golf Association (NYSGA), and Rochester District Golf Association (RDGA).

StateAssociation(s)Start of SeasonEnd of Season
New JerseyNJSGAApril 1stNovember 14th
New YorkMGA, NYSGA*, RDGA**April 1st, *15th, **15thNovember 14th, *Oct 31st, **Oct 31st
PennsylvaniaGAP, WPGAApril 1stNovember 14th

Midwest (East North Central)

Note: Ohio has 5 golf associations with differing golf season starts/ends.
Greater Cincinnati Golf Association (GCGA), Miami Valley Golf Association (MVGA), Northern Ohio Golf Association (NOGA), Ohio Golf Association (OGA), and Toledo District Golf Association (TDGA).

StateAssociation(s)Start of SeasonEnd of Season
IndianaIGAMarch 1stNovember 14th
IllinoisCDGAApril 1stOctober 31st
MichiganGAMApril 1stOctober 31st
OhioGCGA, MVGA*, NOGA**, OGA***, TDGA****Mar 15th, 15th*, Apr 1st**, Mar 15th***, Apr 1st****Nov 14th, 30th*, Oct 31st**, Nov 30th***, Oct 31st****
WisconsinWSGAApril 1stOctober 31st

Midwest (West North Central)

StateAssociation(s)Start of SeasonEnd of Season
IowaIGAApril 1stNovember 14th
NebraskaNGAMarch 15thNovember 14th
KansasCentral Links GolfMarch 1stDecember 31st
North DakotaNDGAMarch 15thNovember 15th
MinnesotaMGAApril 1stOctober 31st
MissouriMAGA, MGAMarch 1stNovember 14th
South DakotaSDGAApril 1stOctober 31st
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South (South Atlantic)

StateAssociation(s)Start of SeasonEnd of Season
DelawareDSGAApril 1stNovember 14th
MarylandMSGAMarch 15thNovember 14th
North CarolinaCGAAll-Year-RoundAll-Year-Round
South CarolinaCGAAll-Year-RoundAll-Year-Round
West VirginiaWVGAMarch 1stNovember 30th

South (East South Central)

StateAssociation(s)Start of SeasonEnd of Season
KentuckyKGAMarch 1stNovember 30th

South (West South Central)

StateAssociation(s)Start of SeasonEnd of Season

West (Mountain)

Note: Utah and Nevada have 2 separate golf associations each with differing golf season starts/ends.
Utah Golf Association (southern section – UGA South), Utah Golf Association (northern section – UGA north), Northern Nevada Golf Association (NNGA) and Southern Nevada Golf Association (SNGA).

StateAssociation(s)Start of SeasonEnd of Season
ColoradoCGAMarch 15thNovember 14th
IdahoIGAMarch 1stNovember 14th
New MexicoSCAGAAll-Year-RoundAll-Year-Round
MontanaMSGAApril 1stOctober 31st
UtahUGA (South), UGA (North)*All-Year-Round, Mar 15th*All-Year-Round, Nov 14th*
NevadaNNGA, SNGA*March 15th, All-Year-Round*November 30th, All-Year-Round*
WyomingWGAApril 1stOctober 31st

West (Pacific)

StateAssociation(s)Start of SeasonEnd of Season
AlaskaAGAApril 1stOctober 31st
CaliforniaNCGA, SCGAAll-Year-RoundAll-Year-Round
OregonOGAMarch 1stNovember 30th
WashingtonMSGAMarch 1stNovember 14th
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FAQs on the US Golfing Season

Q: On your table my state is currently not in the golf season, does that mean my local course is closed?
A: No not necessarily. The dates published on Windtree Golf for the months of the golf season by state are the official dates that you can submit your scores (handicap index) to your GHIN account.

Golf courses can open when they like and often, in good weather, they open early before the season starts and stay open longer at the end of the season.

Q: What about the professionals on the PGA Tour – when is their season?
The PGA tour is pretty much a 12-month golfing season. This year, there are a staggering 50 events listed on the PGA tour starting in September and running through all of the year.

In the colder months, the tour moves to places like Hawaii, California, Florida, Arizona, and Texas.

Q: What is the best time of the day to play golf?
The early morning rounds are the best times to play golf. If you can start your round before 10 am you will avoid the busy periods and if you play on public golf courses the rates will be lower at this time.

Golf can be frustrating if you have to wait for slow players. Book early and get a round in before the crowds!

Now that you know when the golf season starts and ends, we hope you enjoy your time on the course and if you live in the southern states where you can play all year round – lucky you!