Charbonneau Women’s Golf Association

Rules: Did You Know?

By Joann Linville, CWGA Rules Chairman 2015

Vol. 4, No.1 July 2016


Can you just imagine yourself grabbing that cup of coffee and excitedly sitting down to study that little Rules of Golf book?? After the first few pages you begin to nod off just due to the excitement of it all.

Did you know there is a better way?? The USGA has now put online a Rules Hub. At that site are 12 very short and informative videos explaining the most common rules of golf. This is so much less painful than the little blue book. If you have a minute, go to this site, sit back and watch a video. I know you will enjoy it.

Another great resource on the USGA website is the Rules of Golf Experience. There is so much information on this site and ways to earn badges and who knows what else. Explore this site at

Relief From Cart Path


“Is it 1 club length or 2 clubs lengths? I just cannot remember!!!! “. Have you heard that before? We all can benefit from a review about this rule!!!

How to take relief from the cart path:

Under the rule of golf 24-2b, a golfer is entitled to free relief from a cart path if the ball comes 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 it as 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 lengths after 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.

Here is a great video demonstration for you to review:

Happy Golfing and Hit ‘Em Straight!!