I don't know why I forget the details of this rule the rare times it happens on the course, but it happened to me this morning. I think my forgetfulness cost me a stroke and I want to make sure I get this right next time.

The ball ended up on the right edge of the cart path. I determined my nearest point of relief was to the right of the path. For some reason, I forgot that I get 1 club length from this point, but when I realized I had no shot at the green, I even asked my playing partner if I could take my drop from the left side of the path. I was told no since the nearest point of relief was obviously on the right side. I dropped at the nearest point of relief instead of taking a club length from this point.

If my driver is long enough to reach from the nearest point of relief over to the grass on the other side of the path, I should be entitled to take a free drop on the other side right? I understand that I'd most likely be trying to drop on a pretty narrow area between the full club length and the path.

The ball ended up on the right edge of the cart path. I determined my nearest point of relief was to the right of the path. For some reason, I forgot that I get 1 club length from this point, but when I realized I had no shot at the green, I even asked my playing partner if I could take my drop from the left side of the path. I was told no since the nearest point of relief was obviously on the right side. I dropped at the nearest point of relief instead of taking a club length from this point.

If my driver is long enough to reach from the nearest point of relief over to the grass on the other side of the path, I should be entitled to take a free drop on the other side right? I understand that I'd most likely be trying to drop on a pretty narrow area between the full club length and the path.