No.26 Local Rule Re
Through the green there is a
roped off, newly-seeded area between a player's ball and the hole. If there
is a Local Rule declaring the roped off area to be ground under repair (GUR)
from which relief must be taken and the player's ball lies as shown in the
a) May the player move their
ball to the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole, where the post and
rope are not in their line of play to the putting green?
b) May the player move the
easily removable post and rope so that they have a clear shot to the putting
The Rules of Golf do not permit 'line of
play' relief except where there are Conditions of Competition in
tournament play, where relief may be given for temporary immovable
obstructions (TIOs) such as camera towers, grandstands or advertising
hoardings. However, any obstruction may be removed anywhere on the
course providing it can be moved without unreasonable effort, without
unduly delaying play and without causing damage (Rule 24-1 and
Definition of Obstruction).
In the absence of a Local Rule relating to
ground under repair (or any other abnormal ground condition), a player
may choose whether to take relief under Rule 25-1b or play their ball as
In the photo above a player's
ball lie inside a roped-off area of GUR from which a Local Rule requires
that relief must be taken. Where must a right-handed player drop their ball?
a) Within two club-lengths of
where the ball lies.
b) Within one club-length of
point X, not nearer the hole.
c) Within one club-length of
point Y, not nearer the hole.
b) Within one club-length
of point X, not nearer the hole.
When taking relief from an abnormal ground
condition through the green, Rule 25-1b requires that the player must lift
the ball and drop it, without penalty, within one club-length of and not
nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief.
As above, the player may move the easily
removable post and rope so that they have a clear shot to the putting green.
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