We have not had many questions or comments since the last Rules message was posted in May. One of our members asked to have the following etiquette situation addressed:
The new gas carts at some of our courses are not the nice, quiet ride that we have been used to driving. The noise produced can be jarring in the middle of a golfer’s backswing, so we need to remember to look around and see what our fellow golfers are doing, before we stomp on the gas. This is especially important when the golf round is over for some, but not all of our WGC members. If your foursome is returning to the clubhouse and you are forced to drive through foursomes still completing their round, be considerate and let them make their shots while you wait. All we need to remember is to treat our fellow golfers the way we would like to be treated, right?
Another member brought it to my attention that some golfers are still unclear on taking relief from a cart path. If your ball is near the cart path and it’s position would require you to stand on the path, you are entitled to relief, one club length, no nearer the hole, after making sure that your stance is completely clear of the asphalt. If your ball is on the cart path, but the path does not interfere with your stance, you simply take the nearest point of relief no nearer the hole. You also have the option of playing the ball as it lies on the cart path, if your clubs are ready to be replaced! This option would probably only be used if your nearest point of relief put you behind a tree or in some other undesirable location. If this is still not completely clear, please do not hesitate to find me and I will be happy to demonstrate these situations on site.
Finally, we still have many copies of the current “Rules of Golf” books available for our members. These books are effective from 2012 through 2015, so please see me if you need a copy.
Please remember to enjoy every moment on the golf course – it is such a great game!
Stevie Lamar – Rules Committee Chair