Golf League Tracker has a number of ways to handle absent players for your league. Depending on your league type, you have different options detailed below.
If a player is absent on an Individual Player League, when entering scores you have two options:
If a player is absent on a 2-Player Team List, when entering scores you have three options:
The course is simply treated as a real player who is a 0 handicap who makes a par on every hole. To offset the "consistency" of the course, you can set the handicap of the course to something better than 0 by changing the setting called "Absent Player Penalty Strokes". This setting makes the course have a negative handicap of whatever value you set, which effectively makes it so the course is shooting that number of shots over its handicap.
For example, if you were playing match play, and a player with a 5 handicap is playing against the course, and Absent Player Penalty Strokes are set to 2, the Course Plays as a -2 handicap. This means the player will receive 7 strokes because the difference of his handicap and the course handicap is 7 strokes (5 minus -2 = 7). This player will get 1 shot on the 7 hardest holes. The net score for the course will also be Par minus the Course Handicap.
For points, the absent player will receive whatever points "the course" wins... or in other words, whatever points the real player didn't win.
There are a number of settings which are configurable under the "Absent Players and Subs" category which affect how points are calculated for absent players and subs:
If a team forfeits, how you handle that is up to you. Most treat the team who forfeitted as you would any other team who was absent as described above. If you have special rules specifically for forfeits, when you "Record Points" you can override the points the system calculates and enter whatever you like to match your league rules.
Some leagues decide to have a random player play for absent players. To do this in Golf League Tracker, create a sub which will be your placeholder for the random player. Then, choose your random player using whatever method you use for your league. When you enter scores, enter the score for the absent player using the sub you created, and click the "Edit Handicap" button so that you can manually set the handicap for the sub.
I don't recommend using random players because it's best if players know what their opponents are shooting.
Some leagues have an odd number of players or teams, which requires them to have a "ghost". A Ghost player or team is treated just like a real player or team who is absent for that round, and you will follow the same procedure when entering scores.
In individual player leagues, most leagues give the player 2 extra strokes over their handicap.
In team leagues, most leagues have the solo player play both opponents and only use the course when two players on a team are absent.