Unfortunately, the liners have become exposed in a few bunkers. Until such time that repairs are carried out by the greenkeepers, exposed bunker linings should be considered as IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS and relief take in accordance with Rule 24-2. Members may wish to review the full text of this rule themselves, but in summary it states that if the ball lies on the obstruction, or the obstruction interferes with the stance or line of intended swing, the player is entitled to :
a) a free drop in the bunker, not nearer the hole
b) a drop under 1 penalty stroke outside of the bunker not nearer the hole, keeping the ball in line with where it lay in the bunker and the hole. There is no limit as to how far back outside of the bunker the ball must be dropped.
It should also be noted that players can elect to play the ball as it lies in the bunker and are not bound to take either of options a) or b) above.
Rule initiated – 18/08/15
Due to ongoing maintenance issues with bunkers, there is a significant risk that members could be unfairly penalised. Following discussion the committee has agreed to implement the following local rule :
" Should a ball in a bunker be deemed unplayable by the player and ALL of his partner / fellow competitors due to abnormal ground conditions, then the player may elect to lift and drop his ball outwith the abnormal ground condition, BUT STILL WITHIN THE BUNKER, without penalty.”
IT IS STRESSED BY THE COMMITTEE THAT THIS RULE MUST ONLY BE APPLIED IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES WHEREBY IT IS CLEARLY OBVIOUS THAT THE BUNKER CONDITION THAT HAS REQUIRED THE BALL TO BE DEEMED UNPLAYABLE HAS BEEN CAUSED BY AN OUTSIDE AGENCY. EXAMPLES COULD BE THAT THE BALL IS LYING IN A DEEP HOLE OR EXCAVATION CAUSED BY A NON BURROWING ANIMAL OR BY VANDALISM. NORMAL FOOTPRINTS / ANIMAL PRINTS etc ARE NOT EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND ARE SIMPLY RUB OF THE GREEN.
IT IS HOPED THAT THIS LOCAL RULE CAN BE RESCINDED AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY IF BUNKER MAINTENANCE IS RESUMED TO PREVIOUS LEVELS. IN THE INTERIM HOWEVER IF ANYONE IS SUSPECTED OR REPORTED TO BE ABUSING THIS RULE THEN THE COMMITTEE WILL VIEW THIS AS A SERIOUS BREACH OF THE RULES AND WILL TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.
Rule initiated – 09/08/16