Nearest Point of Relief

Nearest Point of Relief

Question: - My ball lands on Ground under Repair. The nearest point of relief is in a bush.

Do I have to drop my ball in the bush?


Answer: - Yes.

It is “Nearest point of Relief” not “Nicest Point of Relief”.


The Nearest Point of Relief is the point on the course nearest to where the ball lies that is not nearer the hole and where, if the ball was so positioned, there is no interference by the condition from which relief is sought. You may then drop, without penalty, one club length of and not nearer the hole than the NPR.

 If this drop lands you in a bush you have obtained relief from the GUR (i.e the condition from which relief is sought).

This does not mean that you should get further relief from the bush. If your shot was to land in the bush you would not get relief so you should not get relief if you have to drop in the bush.

 If your ball has to be dropped in a bush it is just bad luck.