Free relief is allowed when the ball is in the general area and there is an abnormal course condition. Animal Holes, Ground Under Repair, immovable obstructions (such as cart paths) or temporary water.
The nearest point of COMPLETE relief should be identified and a ball must be dropped in and come to rest in the relief area. The relief area is one club-length from the reference point, is not nearer to the hole than the reference point and must be in the general area. When taking relief, the player must take COMPLETE relief from all interference by the abnormal course condition.