Relief from cart paths

IMG_20160622_155323 (Large)A contentious issue that often arises at my club relates to relief from cart paths, specifically in relation to the “overflow” of the aggregate that composes the cart paths.  As you can see from the photo, the paths are not the more common cement variety, but are composed of a dirt/gravel/crushed granite mix.  The problem that has developed over the years is that the paths have “expanded” well beyond their original width, for a number of reasons, the main one being torrential rain.  The ground-staff do a commendable job in attempting to maintain the paths after they have developed potholes, but even the act of running the scraper over the paths has the effect of pushing the aggregate out beyond the original width of the path.

The question that is regularly asked is: “Do I get relief if my ball is resting on the dirt/gravel that lies off the original line of the path?”  I can say categorically that you DO get relief if your ball is on the overflow, and not in a hazard AND your feet are on the original line of the path, as you take your normal stance.

BUT, do you get relief, if both your ball and your feet are on the overflow (but not in a hazard) as you take your normal stance?

Post your answers and comments below.

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5 thoughts on “Relief from cart paths

  1. If not on the ‘original’ line of the path then no relief. A lot of our paths still have the original wooden boundary line. Also, nearest point of relief from the path could well be on the overflow.

  2. If there is no defying line of the path such as a boarder or timber edging, than you get relief if your ball is on the Gravel unless your in a hazard

    • Andrew: Barry Rhodes says that if there is no defining line, players should assume that there is no relief available if they cannot positively identify the original outside edges of the artificial path. Therefore my understanding is that you do not get relief if your ball is on the gravel overflow.
      You can see why there is an urgent need to clarify a number of Rules issues in the Club since players are applying the Rules differently, and as a consequence, competitions are compromised.

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