No.67 Interference by Animals
 
 

 
 
Question 1:
If a player's ball comes to rest in a dangerous situation through the green, as in the photo above, how should they proceed?
a) Wait until the dangerous situation has passed.
b) Wait for up to five minutes and if the dangerous situation has not passed return to where the last stroke was played from under penalty of stroke and distance.
c) Without penalty, drop a ball within one club-length of the nearest spot that is not dangerous to the player and is not nearer the hole.
d) This situation is not envisaged by the Rules, so there is no relief. The player must continue play or abort their round.

Answer 1:
c) Without penalty, drop a ball within one club-length of the nearest spot that is not dangerous to the player and is not nearer the hole. Decision 1-4/10.


Question 2:
If a player's ball comes to rest in or near an area of plants such as poison ivy, cacti or stinging nettles may they take relief as in Answer 1, without penalty?

Answer 2:
No. The player must either play the ball as it lies or, if applicable, proceed under Rule 26 (Water Hazards) or Rule 28 (Ball Unplayable). Decision 1-4/11.

 
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Question 3:
 
A player's ball lies against a molehill. May they take relief without penalty?

Answer 3:
Yes.
 
Note: Molehills are casts made by a burrowing animal. Accordingly, the player may take relief from them, without penalty. Rule 25-1b.

 
 
 
Another 'Rhodes Rules School' Q&A will follow next week,
 
 
Good golfing,
 
 
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