A right-handed player's ball comes to rest on artificial grass steps
leading to a teeing ground, as in the photo above.
a) In the Rules, are
artificial steps, i) integral to the course, ii) immovable
obstructions, iii) abnormal ground conditions?
b) May the player
choose to play their ball from where it lies?
c) If the nearest
point of relief is on the teeing area may the player take relief,
without penalty, by dropping their ball within one club-length of
that point, not nearer the hole?
d) May a player
play their ball as it lies when it comes to rest on a teeing area?
a) ii), artificial
steps are immovable obstructions.
b) Yes, a player does
not have to take relief from an immovable obstruction; they may
choose to play their balls as it lies.
d) Yes, unless
there is a Local Rule specifying otherwise.
Note: Rule 24-2 deals with interference and relief from immovable
A right-handed player's ball comes to rest on a teeing area
close to artificial steps, with a leaf lying in front of it, as
in the photo above.
a) May the player take relief without penalty?
b) May the player claim mental interference from an immovable
obstruction in order to obtain relief?
c) May the player remove the leaf before playing their stroke?
a) No, the artificial steps do not interfere with the player's
stance or their area of intended swing.
b) No, there is no relief for mental interference from an
c) Yes, the leaf is a loose impediment and may be removed.
Note: If the player causes their ball to
move while moving the loose impediment they incur a one stroke
penalty under Rule 18-2a and the ball must be replaced.
Rules School' Q&A
will follow next week,