Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Ask Linda #958-Relief from hazard on cart path
If my ball enters a lateral water hazard and I'm opting to take closest point of relief, with a penalty, and that relief has me standing on the cart path, what are my options?
The relief area is narrow, so there isn't any other place that doesn't have me standing on the path.
Can I cross the cart path and take my two clubs lengths ... no closer to the hole?
Lulu from Florida
“Nearest point of relief” is not a relief option for a ball in a hazard. Since you describe the water hazard as “lateral,” I’m going to assume that you meant to say you want to choose option “c” under Rule 26-1 and drop a ball within two club-lengths (no closer to the hole) of the point where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard.
You will have to take relief from one problem at a time. First take the two-club-length drop from the hazard. After the drop, if the cart path now interferes with your stance for your next shot, you are entitled to take relief from the cart path.
Find the nearest point of relief from the cart path that is no closer to the hole, and drop within one club-length of that spot. The nearest point of relief may very well be on the far side of the cart path, since you are prohibited from dropping a ball in a hazard when your ball lies “through the green” (basically, not in a hazard).
If the area next to the hazard is so narrow that the cart path will almost certainly interfere with your next shot, you will eventually find the correct relief point on the other side of the cart path. However, this must be a two-step process.
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