Rules of Golf

In accordance with the spirit of the game and conduct associated with friendly competition, the following serves as the contract of rules, regulations, and etiquette to hereby establish chipd in golf and its Community.

All rules presiding over tournament play shall be in accordance with the USGA® Rules of the Golf, with the following modifications made to quicken pace of play and lessen penalties for amateur golfers:

  • The highest score a player should receive on a hole is double par

  • If your ball has come to rest in a fairway divot (not the green nor fringe nor rough), but fairway only, the player is allowed to roll his ball within two inches of its current location and no closer to the hole. The player is not allowed to pick the ball up. The rule is intended to alleviate situations in which the player has struck a well-hit shot that has ended up in a divot or fairway imperfection under repair.

  • If a player’s ball moves inadvertently after the player has addressed it as a result of resting the club near the ball, the player will NOT incur a stroke penalty.

Lost Ball/OB

  • In the interest of a healthy pace of play, players do not need to hit provisional shots or drive/walk back to the original location an initial shot was struck. All Lost balls/out of bound shots will be treated as lateral hazards and dropped within 2 club lengths of where they were lost with a one-stroke penalty (nearest point of relief).

  • Ready golf is encouraged in all instances.


  • All ties will be scored as such with the exception of first place.  If more than one player tie for first the winner will be determined by the best net score over the final 9 holes, then final 6 holes, then final 3 holes, then final hole.   If still tied, the Board of Directors will determine the winner based on a randomly selected hole.

Problem resolution

  • If a situation arises while playing in which a particular ruling is unclear or unknown, the golfer will defer judgment to other golfers in the group who shall make a good-faith, best effort determination in an attempt to clarify a final ruling and the appropriate course of action.   If still unresolved, the Board of Directors will have the final say on any final ruling.

Scoring & Competition

  • The official live leaderboard and player scores will be tabulated in relation to par via the official chipd in Golf mobile app (available on iPhone and Android). For net scoring pods, the mobile app will consider your handicap and the course difficulty of the golf course you are playing.  The app will then create your Course Handicap to equalize the difficulty level of different courses, so you are on a level playing field with all golfers.  Each player will be responsible for entering their own score after completing each hole. This will update the live leaderboard throughout the tournament. If the mobile scoring feature is having technical difficulties a paper scorecard is encouraged with electronic scoring to be updated at a later date.

  • Once play is completed after 18 holes all scores are final and each player must digitally sign their score attesting to the accuracy of all scores.   Three tournament round scores should be sent to a friend to verify in the mobile app (simple process in the app). The friend you choose to verify your tournament score must either have A) played in the same group during the round or B) knowledge of your demonstrated ability in order to form a reasonable basis from which to provide validation for a score or challenge you on any anomalies in the score.

  • Tournament events will be scored on a net 80% stroke play basis.  Each player must have an official handicap. 3 prior scores are required to calculate such handicap.

  • All competitors should play an 18-hole golf course (Par 70 or greater that is available in the mobile app) during competitive tour rounds and select their tee box of choice.  This will allow an accurate course handicap to be calculated for all players.  Executive/9 Hole Courses and Par 3 courses are NOT permitted. If there are differences in course ratings/slopes/par from the course scorecard to the mobile app, the mobile app data will be considered official for scoring purposes. Change requests will be reviewed and considered for future events.

  • All official tournament rounds will be played on the scheduled weekends at any time you choose.  In the event certain players encounter bad weather and their rounds cannot be played there will unfortunately not be a makeup event available.  

  • If a player has to leave an official tournament round before it is complete, the player as the option to delete the round, or enter double par max scores for each hole not played.

Regular Season

  • There will be 1 preseason and 6 officially sanctioned regular season tournaments including 3 major championships.  Based on performance within each tournament, points will be awarded to each golfer.

  • Points awarded based on tournament performances will be accumulated throughout the season. First place will earn 10,000 points, second place 9,995, third place 9,990 and so on with remaining places continuing to decrease in increments of 5 points. Should golfers not compete in a given tournament for any reason (including bad weather); they will not receive points.

 Final Live Event:

  • Following the completion of the officially sanctioned regular season tournaments, a final live event consisting of 1 round of golf shall begin in which only the top golfers according to the National Rankings shall be invited to participate. 

  • Eligibility:  A chipd in membership is open to all golfers of all skill levels 18 years or older that maintain an official Handicap in our mobile app.  Obtaining the handicap is as simple as downloading the official chipd in mobile app and entering 3 prior round scores or keeping score 3 times in rounds with friends!  The more scores the better. Keeping score on our app is free for any rounds outside of officially sanctioned series tournaments.  If playing in the season long points race toward the live final tournament and to be eligible for prizes each golfer must register and pay the season membership.  Such membership can be revoked if any terms and conditions herein are violated by the golfer.

  • Players must have played a minimum of 3 regular season events to qualify for the live final event.

Golfer responsibilities:

  • Each golfer should provide current and accurate information about themselves, their past scores used to calculate an initial handicap, and live scores during official tournaments.  Golf is a game of integrity so let’s keep the scoring fair for all players.  Each golfer thus acknowledges that the Board of Directors has the right to suspend or refuse prizes to any golfer that provides inaccurate handicap data or scores during a live event.  The Board of Directors shall have the ability to update your handicap if your tournament rounds are consistently less than your original posted handicap.  

  • All players that qualify for the final event will have their official handicap scores verified.