2019 Rules FAQs

Dropping

Nearest Point of Complete Relief

Q. How do I find the nearest point of complete relief and when is it used?

A. The nearest point of complete relief is used for taking free relief from an abnormal course condition, a dangerous animal condition, a wrong green or a no play zone. It is the estimated point where the ball would lie that is nearest to the ballís original spot, not closer to the hole than that spot, in the required area of the course, and in a position where the condition you are taking relief from doesnít interfere with the stroke you would have made from the original spot if the condition was not there (see Definition of Nearest Point of Complete Relief).