Rules FAQs 2019

Abnormal Course Conditions (Including Immovable Obstructions)

Interference from Immovable Obstructions

Q. I have interference from a cart path, sprinkler head or other artificial object (immovable obstruction) – what are my options?

A. You may either play your ball as it lies or take free relief. To take relief, you must find the nearest point of complete relief from the artificial object and drop your original ball or another ball away from the object and within one club-length of that point not nearer the hole (see Rule 16.1).