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Taking Relief Rule 24-2 Immovable Obstructions


WHAT IS THE NEAREST POINT OF RELIEF? It is the point on the course nearest to where the ball lies that is no nearer the hole and where, if the ball were so positioned, no interference for stance, lie of ball or area of intended swing would exist. You should determine your nearest point of relief with the club, stance and direction of play that you would use if the obstruction were not there.


NO


Objects defi ning out of bounds are not


obstructions and may not be removed.


NO


You are not entitled to relief for intervention on the line of play. Relief is not granted if it is unreasonable to play a stroke at your ball or if you have to use an abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.


By Ryan Gregg, Director of Education


A player is entitled to relief, without penalty, from immovable obstructions on the course.


The defi nitions in the Rules of Golf play a big part of this rule. What is an obstruction? It is anything artifi cial, including the artifi cial surfaces and sides of roads and paths and manufactured


ice. An immovable obstruction is an obstruction that is not easily movable or will cause damage to the course if it is moved. Immovable obstructions include movable obstructions that have been declared immovable by the Committee.


66 / NCGA.ORG / SPRING 2011


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