Tee Time at Westhaven: Rule 28

Westhaven PGA Pro Chris Cauthen shows our Kelly Sutton how to handle Rule 28 of the USGA Golf Rules and Westhaven Golf Members talk about the club and the wonderful benefits even if you aren’t a resident.

Definitions of Rule 28

All defined terms are in italics and are listed alphabetically in the Definitions section.

The player may deem his ball unplayable at any place on the course, except when the ball is in a water hazard. The player is the sole judge as to whether his ball is unplayable.

If the player deems his ball to be unplayable, he must, under penalty of one stroke:

a. Proceed under the stroke and distance provision of Rule 27-1 by playing a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5); or

b. Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped; or

c. Drop a ball within two club-lengths of the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the hole.

If the unplayable ball is in a bunker, the player may proceed under Clause a, b or c. If he elects to proceed under Clause b or c, a ball must be dropped in thebunker.

When proceeding under this Rule, the player may lift and clean his ball or substitute a ball.


Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.


About Chris Cauthen:

WH_porchfest_2015_300x250Cauthen first developed his love for the game of golf while playing with his father and three brothers growing up in Jefferson City, Tennessee. His passion continued while playing on the Men’s Golf Team at Tennessee Technological University under the tutelage of PGA Professional Bobby Nichols. Chris began his career in 1994 at Richland Country Club in Nashville as an Assistant Golf Professional. He was elected for membership to the PGA in 1999. In 2001, Chris was promoted to Head Golf Professional at Richland and served in that capacity until November of 2008. While at Richland, he was twice awarded the Middle Tennessee Chapter Merchandiser of the Year. Chris and his wife, Amy, live in Brentwood and have three children – Brady, Briley, and Cade.

As the Head Golf Professional for Westhaven Golf Club, Cauthen brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm for promoting the game of golf to the entire family. From the development of a complete junior golf program to clinics for both men and women, Chris enjoys teaching the game to all ages and skill levels. If you enjoy friendly competition, a top-tier tournament program will be available and designed for players of varying ability to compete on an equal basis. Members can also expect the highest quality merchandise and knowledgeable service to be available to fulfill every golf need. Please contact Chris for more information regarding these programs by e-mailing him: [email protected] or calling 615-599-4420.

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