Tee Time at Westhaven: Rule 26

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Westhaven PGA Pro Chris Cauthen shows Kelly Sutton where PGA Rule 26 comes into play and how to play it. And Westhaven Golf Members talk about the club and the wonderful benefits.

26-1. Relief For Ball In Water Hazard

It is a question of fact whether a ball that has not been found after having been struck toward a water hazard is in the hazard. In the absence of knowledge or virtual certainty that a ball struck toward a water hazard, but not found, is in thehazard, the player must proceed under Rule 27-1.

If a ball is found in a water hazard or if it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in the water hazard (whether the ball lies in water or not), the player may 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 water hazard, keeping the point at which the original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind the water hazard the ball may be dropped; or

c. As additional options available only if the ball last crossed the margin of alateral water hazard, drop a ball outside the water hazard within two club-lengths of and not nearer the hole than (i) the point where the original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard or (ii) a point on the opposite margin of the water hazard equidistant from the hole.

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

(Prohibited actions when ball is in a hazard – see Rule 13-4)


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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