Q. An artificially-surfaced road or path is an obstruction. What constitutes artificial surfacing?
A. A road or path to which any foreign material, e.g., concrete, tar, gravel, wood chips, etc. has been applied is artificially surfaced and thus an obstruction.
FYI----artificial surfaces are “immovable obstructions” but dirt paths and cart path extensions are not---there is no relief from service roads and cart path extensions unless a local rule is established that defines these areas as “ground under repair”
A player is entitled to relief without penalty from any path to which a foreign material (e.g., tar, gravel, dirt) has been applied.
A player would not get relief from a dirt path created by vehicle traffic unless it had been defined as ground under repair.
For our purposes at SSCC, we will consider service roads and worn out areas extending from cartpaths “Ground Under Repair”
Service road along right side of 15 is an example of an area to be considered ground under repair under our local rule.
Most of our cart paths have worn out extended areas. Sometimes these are circled in white paint and sometimes not.