Course Conditions – Mud, Extreme Wetness, Poor Conditions and Protection of the Course
Relief for Embedded Ball:
Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay, but not nearer the hole.
1 A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if the ball is embedded in sand.
2 A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local rule makes the stroke clearly impracticable.
Winter Rule Only (ends 31 March):
Course Conditions – Compacted Bunkers
Relief from Compacted Bunker:
Where a player’s ball comes to rest in a compacted bunker, the ball may be lifted, the bunker raked and the ball replaced in the same position to reduce the effects of compaction.
With the latest reprint of the scorecard, Local Rules have been updated.
The most significant change is with regard to seeded divots.
The old rule has been deleted as it is now an R&A mandatory condition that a ball is played as it lies from a seeded divot.
R&A Decisions on the Rules of Golf 2010-2011 (Effective 01 January 2010)
New Decision 33-8/34 (page 529):
“33-8/34 Relief from Divot Holes
Q. May a Committee make a Local Rule providing relief without penalty from divot holes or repaired divot holes (e.g. holes that have been filled with sand and/or seed mix)?
A. No. Such a Local Rule would modify Rule 13-1 and is not authorised. (New)”