RULE: Relief from a Pathway

On the road again?? What constitute a path way, so I can consider relief?

When can I get relief from road ways or paths on our golf course? Rule 16 - relief from abnormal course conditions has the answers. Relief is allowed when:

  • your ball touches or is in or on the abnormal course condition;
  • an abnormal course condition physically interferes with your area of intended stance or area of intended swing;or
  • only when your ball is on the putting green, an abnormal ground condition intervenes on your line of play. 

 

 ball on path

In this photo, you (for right or left hander) will definitely obtain relief under rule 16 (to nearest point of relief from the obstruction) for ball “C”, as your stance and/or your swing will be interfered with by the concrete path.

Ball “B” is not entitled to relief without penalty under rule 16 for a right hander, as neither your area of intended swing, nor your stance is interfered with by the artificial surface of the path, but a left hander would.

Ball “A” definitely attracts no relief without penalty, no matter which side of the ball you stand.

Rules of Golf 2019 define an “obstruction” as any artificial,except for integral objects and boundary objects. Examples of obstructions are:

 

  1.  Artificially surfaced roads and paths, including their artificial borders;
  2. Buildings and vehicles;
  3. Sprinkler heads, drains and irrigation or control boxes;
  4. Player equipment, flagsticks and rakes

 

Decisions defines “artificial surfaced road or path” as “a road or path to which any foreign material, e.g. concrete, tar, gravel, wood chips, etc has been applied is artificially surfaced and thus an obstruction.”  

Both the balls in this next photo are entitled to relief to nearest point of relief, without penalty. Gravel placed on the path is “artificial surface” and relief can be obtained under rule 16  (obstructions). The ball in the tyre rut is entitled to relief without penalty under the local rule (see the back of the score card).  

An obstruction is a movable obstruction if it can be moved with reasonable effort, and without causing damage to the obstruction or the course. Otherwise, it is an immovable obstruction.


wheel ruts

 

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