As a golfer on a Myrtle Beach golf course it is very important, if not absolutely necessary, to know the basic rules of golf. You may find yourself in a multitude of situations which require a working knowledge of golf rules in order to know what to do: Where should you take your drop? When do you get stance and swing relief? How many penalty strokes do you incur? When can you ground your club? The following are common rules situations that come up often in normal play at EN Golf Club and other Myrtle Beach golf courses:
Lateral hazards, marked with red stakes, can take the form of a water hazard, a group of bushes, woods and more. If you are unfortunate enough to hit your ball into a lateral hazard you have several choices:
You may play the ball as it lies on the Myrtle Beach golf course. You may not ground your club.
You may remove the ball from the lateral hazard and drop it two club lengths from the point at which it crossed the line of the hazard. The ball may not be dropped closer to the hole. Choosing this option means you incur a one-stroke penalty.
You may remove the ball from the lateral hazard of the Myrtle Beach golf course and drop it two club lengths from the parallel point on the opposite side of the hazard. The ball may not be dropped closer to the hole and this option will incur a one-stroke penalty.
You may take the ball back as far as you want on the line from the hole to the point at which the ball crossed the hazard boundary.
You may play your next shot from the previous spot although you will be penalized stroke and distance.
In a regular hazard marked with yellow stakes you have all of the options of a lateral hazard, except you may not perform the two club length drop on either side of the hazard.
You may not ground your club. If you do so a two-stroke penalty is incurred.
Out of Bounds:
If you hit your ball out of bounds you must play your next shot from the previous spot with a penalty of one stroke (stroke and distance).
If your ball comes to rest on a cart path of a Myrtle Beach golf course you may take swing and stance relief of one club length from it with no penalty. To do so you must take your normal stance at the nearest point of relief no closer to the hole. Mark the spot where your ball would be while you are in that stance with a tee or marker and take relief within one club length of the tee or marker.
Definition of a Stroke:
Any attempt to hit the golf ball from the tee to the time you hole out is counted as a stroke, whether you actually hit the ball or whiff. If you do not have the intention to hit the ball and you have not already addressed the golf ball (approached it with the intention to hit it) then it does not count as a stroke and you must hit your shot with no penalty.
Playing the Wrong Ball:
If at any point during a hole you hit a ball that is different from the one with which you started the hole a penalty of two strokes is incurred. You must replace the ball you hit and you must play the ball with which you started.
With these rules of golf now in hand you are ready to play any of the Myrtle Beach golf courses, including EN Golf Club.