Over the past few weekends we have had our Club Championships. Since these events are “real golf,” (all USGA rules apply) there are quite a few rules questions and situations that pop up. The “unplayable lie” was a question situation that came up. The player may deem his ball unplayable at any place on the course, except when the ball is in a hazard. The player is the sole judge as to whether his ball is unplayable. If you decide your ball is unplayable, you have three options: 1. play the ball as near as possible to the previous spot with a one stroke penalty (stroke and distance), 2. take two club lengths relief from the current position of the ball, no closer to the hole with a one stroke penalty, or 3. determine a straight line from where the ball is at and the flagstick and go back on that line as far as you would like and drop with a one stroke penalty.
Starting in August 2018, I will be adding rules blogs to this area to try and make the rules of golf easier to understand. Please feel free to send me any questions and I will respond here with answers to any question about the rules of golf. Also, etiquette is another area that will be covered here. Proper etiquette is very important on the golf course and there are some “unwritten rules” that not everyone may know. Thanks and please check back to see any updates on rules and etiquette.
Brian Bennett, PGA