O the Beaten Path
It’s hard to flush it o cement. Here’s what you should do instead
nowing the correct procedure for taking relief without penalty from an arti cial path on a course has always perplexed golfers. It’s not as simple as searching for a spot just o the path that gives you a better lie for your next shot. Here’s what you need to know about getting a free drop from a cartpath (Rule 24-2). – RON KASPRISKE
KDo you know how to handle? Where is the ball located on or near the path? You’re not entitled to relief just because a path is used by carts or walkers. It’s what the path is made of that matters. Paths that are artificially surfaced (cement, wood chips, crushed shells, etc) are considered obstructions, and you can take relief. But if your ball winds up on a path of dirt, pine straw or trampled grass that has been created by foot traffic, there is no free relief unless that area has been marked as ground under repair. – RK Still confused about where to take relief from an obstruction? Check out our video explanation Cartpath Confusion at video.golfdigest.com.
WHEN A PATH IS NOT A PATH