North Adelaide Golf Club

Rule of the Month

This page will be used to regularly provide Match Committee approved interpretations of the rules of golf as they would be applied on the North Adelaide Golf Course.

MARCH 2018


The Green Keepers have been using a hose to water the trees on the left hand side of the fairway on the uphill approach to the 18th Green.

The hose has been left close to the edge of the fairway and your ball comes to rest close to the hose which will  interfere with your stance or the area of your intended swing.  Is the player allowed to take relief?   - Yes!!


  1. What if the ball was close to the hose which interferes with the players intended stance? – The player may take relief (24.2b)
  2. Does the player have to take relief? Could they stand on the hose and play their shot? –yes, they can stand on the hose to play their shot.
  3. What if the hose does not interfere with the players stance or area of intended swing, but is a meter in front of the ball and is distracting the player? – No relief.
  4. What if the hose is on the fringe of the green a meter in front of the players ball and the player wants to putt? – No relief


On our course hoses are considered as an immovable obstruction and you may take relief.


To take relief a player may lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, within one club length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief.

Note that the nearest point of relief may be in the rough but may not be in a hazard or on the putting green.

The following are examples of immovable obstructions on our course

Sprinkler heads, hoses, rubbish bins, computer boxes, garden seats, sand bins, distance indicators, stone or brick walls, steps and handrails. Paths covered in an artificial material (i.e. metal, bark pieces, woodchips etc). Garden beds defined by BLACK stakes.

Greenkeepers compound: defined by concrete border, black stakes and the roadway.   Rule 24-2(b)  and Rule 25