Immovable Obstructions

Rule 24-2 - Immovable Obstructions

a. Interference

Interference by an immovable obstruction occurs when a ball lies in or on the obstruction, or when the obstruction interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his intended swing. If the player’s ball lies on the putting green, interference also occurs if an immovable obstruction on the putting green intervenes on his line of putt. Otherwise, intervention on the line of play is not, of itself, interference under this Rule.

b. Relief

Except when the ball is in a water hazard or a lateral water hazard, a player may take relief from interference by an immovable obstruction as follows:

(i) Through the Green: If the ball lies through the green, 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. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green. When the ball is dropped within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, the ball must first strike a part of the course at a spot that avoids interference by the immovable obstruction and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.

(ii) In a Bunker: If the ball is in a bunker, the player must lift the ball and drop it either:

(a) Without penalty, in accordance with Clause (i) above, except that the nearest point of relief must be in the bunker and the ball must be dropped in the bunker; or

(b) Under penalty of one stroke, outside the bunker keeping the point where the ball lay directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind the bunker the ball may be dropped.

(iii) On the Putting Green: If the ball lies on the putting green, the player must lift the ball and place it, without penalty, at the nearest point of relief that is not in a hazard. The nearest point of relief may be off the putting green.

(iv) On the Teeing Ground: If the ball lies on the teeing ground, the player must lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, in accordance with Clause (i) above.

The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this Rule.

(Ball rolling to a position where there is interference by the condition from which relief was taken – see Rule 20-2c(v))

Exception: A player may not take relief under this Rule if (a) interference by anything other than an immovable obstruction makes the stroke clearly impracticable, e.g. tee marker or tree, or (b) interference by an immovable obstruction would occur only through use of a clearly unreasonable stroke or an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.

Note 1: If a ball is in a water hazard (including a lateral water hazard), the player may not take relief from interference by an immovable obstruction. The player must play the ball as it lies or proceed under Rule 26-1.

Note 2: If a ball to be dropped or placed under this Rule is not immediately recoverable, another ball may be substituted.

Note 3: The Committee may make a Local Rule stating that the player must determine the nearest point of relief without crossing over, through or under the obstruction.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE:
Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.

Rule 24-2 - Immovable Obstruction

Teeing Ground

11-4. Playing from Outside Teeing Ground

a. Match Play

If a player, when starting a hole, plays a ball from outside the teeing ground, there is no penalty, but the opponent may immediately require the player to cancel the stroke and play a ball from within the teeing ground.

b. Stroke Play

If a competitor, when starting a hole, plays a ball from outside the teeing ground, he/she incurs a penalty of two strokes and MUST then play a ball from within the teeing ground. This applies to all stroke play competitions, e.g. Medal, Stableford and Bogey.

If the competitor makes a stroke from the next teeing ground without first correcting his/her mistake, or in the case of the last hole of the round, leave the putting green without first declaring their intention to correct their mistake, he/she is disqualified.

The stroke from outside the teeing ground and subsequent strokes by the competitor on the hole prior to his/her correction of the mistake does not count in their score.


One Shot Penalties

1. Lifting ball for identification without proper procedure (12-2)
2. Striking ball more than once (14-4)
3. Ball overhanging hole falls in after time is up (16-2)
4. Ball moved by player, partner or caddie (18-2)
5. Ball moved after address (18-2)
6. Ball deflected by player, partner or caddie (19-2)
7. Lifting a ball that is to be replaced without marking (20-1)
8. Dropping ball incorrectly (20-2a)
9. Ball replaced by wrong person (20-3a)
10. Cleaning ball when not allowed (21)
11. Relief from immovable obstruction in a bunker by dropping outside bunker on line between hole and place where ball lies. (24-2 b (ii))
12. Relief from abnormal ground condition in bunker by dropping outside bunker on line between hole and place where ball lies. (25-2 b (ii))
13. Relief from water hazard (26-1)
14. Stroke and distance (27-1a)
15. Ball OOB or lost. (27-1b and c)
16. Ball unplayable (28)

Two Shot Penalties

1. Grounding your club in a hazard.
2. Ball strikes the flag stick (when the stroke is made from the surface of the green)
3. Playing a wrong ball.
4. Carrying more than 14 clubs.
5. Deliberately interfering with any moving ball.
6. Playing form outside the teeing area.

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