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rules www.insidegolf.com.au | January 2015 47 Frank Gal Chairman of Rules Committee Golf NSW Playing from hazards What’s the Rule? A hazard as defined in the Rules as any bunker or water hazard. When your ball lies in a hazard, you may play the ball from the hazard rather than take relief under the Rules. If you choose to play from a hazard you should be aware of the provisions of Rule 13- 4, which outlines what can and can’t be done when the ball lies in a hazard. You must not: (a) test the condition of the hazard or any similar hazard, (The rules makers clarified this issue in Decision 13-4/0.5 which advises that the term covers all actions by which a player could gain more information about the hazard than could be gained from taking the stance for the stroke to be made, bearing in mind that a certain amount of digging in with the feet in the sand or soil is permitted when taking the stance for a stroke.) (b) touch the ground in the hazard or water in the water hazard with your hand or a club, or (c) touch or move a loose impediment lying in or touching the hazard. However, the Rules are not so strict as to penalise you if you fall and accidentally touch the ground in the hazard. There are several further exceptions to Rule 13-4. You would not be penalised for touching the ground in a hazard or water in a water hazard if this occurred: • in removing an obstruction, • in measuring, or • in marking the position of, retrieving, lifting, placing or replacing a ball under any Rule. There is also no penalty if you place your clubs in a hazard. Another exception allows you to smooth sand or soil in a hazard at any time provided this is for the sole purpose of caring for the course and nothing is done to improve any of the following with respect to your next stroke: • the position or lie of your ball, • the area of your intended stance or swing, • the line of play, or • the area in which you are to drop or place a ball. The exception goes on to say that if the ball is outside the hazard after the stroke, you may smooth sand or soil in the hazard without restriction. This means that if, say, a ball is played from a bunker and it comes to rest out of bounds, you may smooth footprints or take a few practice swings in the bunker, even at the place where you must drop a ball under stroke and distance. A further exception introduced in 2012 provides that, if you play from a hazard and your ball comes to rest in another hazard, you are free to test the condition of the hazard from which your stroke was made. Finally, the note on page 66 of the Rule Book clarifies that at any time you may touch with a club or otherwise (even with your hands): • any obstruction – as defined on page 30, • any construction declared by the Committee to be an integral part of the course, or • any tree, grass, bush or other growing thing. This last item confirms that it is not necessary to avoid touching long grass in a water hazard with your club before making a stroke. However, your club must not be rested on the grass. In other words, the grass must not be allowed to support the weight of the club. SINCE 2000. QUALITY PRODUCTS. BEST PRICES. FREE DELIvERY. condorgolf.com.au CONDOR GOLF / ELDRIDGE GROUP PTY LTD Est 2000 FaCTORY 2, 4 MaCRO COURT ROWVILLE VIC 3178 (03) 9763 2225 EMAIL: email@example.com SINGLE SEAT GOLF CARTS ✦ SE uk series one (pictured) ✦ SS with roof & steering wheel ✦ SE series two. Fits in car boot FULL RANGE OF RITAR BATTERIES ✦ GEL - last 30-40% longer compared to normal SLA ✦ 24ah lithium. ultra light and ultra long life. 2000+recharge cycles GOLF CAR PARTS & ACCESSORIES FOR ALL BRANDS ✦ 10” wheels/tyre upgrades ✦ 2 piece fold down windshields ✦ Sand tubes. Club/ball washers ✦ Sports steering wheels ✦ Hub Caps and much much more REMOTE CONTROL BUGGIES ✦ With linix hub motors. ✦ Also non remotes. Lithium battery options. TRX Remote TRX Duntryleague F.O.O.D Week Plate New Annual Tournament DUNTRYLEAGUE ORANGE Only 31⁄2 hours from Sydney | Ph: 02 6362 3466 | www.duntryleague.com.au The Duntryleague F.O .O .D Week plate provides and ideal opportunity for all male and female golfers with an official GA handicap to play at one of regional Australia’s premier golf courses. It is a fantastic time to come and visit Orange, Australia’s Colour City and enjoy fantastic local food and wine, during Orange F.O .O .D Week 2015! 13-15 April 2015 The 54 hole individual stableford tournament is limited to 180 players. Entry fees are great value at $160 per person which includes all green fees and competition fees, $5,000 worth of prizes, 3 course presentation dinner extravaganza with champagne on arrival. Tournament accommodation packages are also available.
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