Our Monthly Rules.
Charbonneau Women’s Golf Association
Rules: Did You Know?
By Joann Linville, CWGA Rules Chairman 2015
Vol. 4, No.1, July 2018
Let’s Review This One Again….Relief from Cart Path
“Is it 1 club length or 2 clubs lengths? I just cannot remember!!!! “. Have you heard that before?
This is how to take relief from the cart path:
Under the rule of golf 24-2b, a golferis entitled to free relieffrom a cart path if the ballcomes to rest upon the path or the golfer’s swing or stance is inhibited by the path. A golfer’s stance is deemed to be inhibited if any part of his foot comes in contact with the path. No penalty.
Leave the ball where it is on the path for now.
Take out the club you would normally use from that point and find the nearest point of relief from the path. This is a point that allows you to take your stance without your feet touching the cart path, is no nearer the hole and closest to where your ball is on the cart path.
Take your stance with that club as if you were going to hit the ball from that “nearest point of relief”. Put a tee down where your ball would be taking that stance.
Then using whatever club you choose, take one (1) club length from the point marked by the tee, no nearer the hole. Mark that 1 club length distance with another tee. Now you have 2 tees on the ground.
Now go pick up your ball and drop it(from shoulder height) within the 2 tees. If the ball rolls closer to the hole when dropped, you must re-drop it. If it rolls closer to the hole again on your second drop, you must place itas near to the spot where it first touched the course when dropped the second time.
Just a reminder that you cannot “improve”the area where you are going to drop your ball. This means you cannot remove pine cones, sticks, leaves, brush the ground or any other action that would improve the drop area. But look carefully at the ground between those 2 tees and select a spot to drop your ball that is most favorable to your next shot.
The ball is allowed to roll up to 2 club lengthsafter you drop it from the point where it first hits the course (between the 2 tees) so long as it does not roll nearer the hole. If your ball happens to end up in a place that you do not like, such as against a tree or in the deep grass, you must play it where it lies.
You do not have to take a free drop when the ball comes to rest on the cart path, although it would be a good idea to avoid injury and damage to your club.
If you decide the nearest point of relief would put you in a bad spot to play your next shot, you can play the ball from the cart path. In most instances, it is a good idea to just take a free drop. Your clubs will thank you.
VIDEO TO WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOZGEKOElq4
Ball Drop Areas- Local Rules for Charbonneau
Ball drop areas may be used when a player’s ball comes to rest within a lateral water hazard (red staked area). Remember that all water hazards at Charbonneau, by local rules, have been deemed lateral water hazards. They may NOT be used for balls lost in the out of bounds. Ball drop areas are marked with yellow tee markers on designated for holes on each of our courses. When using the drop area, a penalty of one stroke must be taken and the ball must be dropped from shoulder height so it hits the ground within the drop area. It cannot be placed or teed up or just “thrown” in the drop area.