casual water term


In golf, the term “casual water” refers to temporary water accumulation or an abnormal condition of water on the golf course that is not part of a regular water hazard. It is a term used to describe areas where the ground is saturated or flooded due to rain, irrigation, or other factors.

When casual water is present on the course, it is considered an abnormal ground condition that may interfere with a golfer's stance or the intended swing. The Rules of Golf provide relief options for golfers who encounter casual water during their round.

Here are some key points related to casual water:

  1. Relief Options: If a golfer's ball comes to rest in an area of casual water, they are generally entitled to free relief. The player can take relief by dropping the ball within one club length of the nearest point of relief, no closer to the hole. This allows the golfer to find a drier area to play their next shot.
  2. Interference: Casual water is considered to interfere with a golfer's stance or the area of their intended swing if it is within one club length of their ball. If a golfer determines that casual water is affecting their play, they are entitled to relief as described above.
  3. Determining Casual Water: It is important to note that casual water should be a visible accumulation of water. Puddles, saturated areas, or waterlogged ground are typically considered casual water. However, individual judgment is required, and course officials may provide guidance on what is considered casual water on a specific course.
  4. Temporary Nature: Casual water is temporary in nature. Once the water has receded or been removed, it is no longer considered casual water, and normal play resumes in that area.

It is worth noting that local rules and course conditions may vary, so it's always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the specific rules and regulations of the golf course you are playing on regarding casual water.

The concept of casual water provides relief options for golfers when temporary water accumulations affect their play, ensuring fairness and maintaining the integrity of the game.

Casual Water: Water which collects on the course due to rain or irrigation, but is not considered a hazard. Casual water often appears in bunkers and fairways. If the golfer’s ball or feet are in casual water, he may drop away from the spot, but no nearer the hole, without penalty.