The Course > Putting Greens
- Definition: Putting Green
- The putting green is an area specifically prepared for putting. Definition
- Almost all damage to the putting green (not natural imperfections or aeration holes) can be repaired prior to any shot. 13.1c
- Dew and water may not be removed from the putting green or the hole. Loose Impediments
- There is no penalty for accidentally moving a ball or ball-marker on the putting green. The ball or ball-marker must be replaced. 9.7b Exception
- When a ball on the putting green moves after it has been lifted and replaced, it must be replaced without penalty. 9.3 Exception
- Interference from a wrong green occurs from stance, intended swing, or ball. Relief must be taken. 13.1f(1)
- The ball may strike a flagstick left in the hole, a removed flag, or the person attending the flag if accidental without penalty. The ball is played as it lies. 13.2a(2) and 13.2b(2)
- When a ball played from the putting green strikes an obstruction (including any player's equipment) that is on the putting green, the shot is cancelled and replayed without penalty. 11.b Exception 2
- The line of play may be touched for repair or in pointing out the line of play. 10.2b(2)
- A player's caddie or partner must not stand behind the player to assist in lining up his/her putt. 10.2b(4)
- A player must not set anything down on or off the putting green to indicate the line of play. The penalty is immediate. 10.2b(3)
- An opponent or another player may stand behind the player while he/she is putting but it is not proper etiquette.
- A player may lift his/her ball on the putting green while another ball is in motion to prevent it from being hit. 11.3 Exception
- See Situations > Deflected and Situations > Ball Holed for more information regarding actions on the putting green.