Rule of the Month

Rule of the Month for September is all about UNPLAYABLE LIES


The player may deem their ball unplayable at any place on the course, except when the ball is in a water hazard. The player is the sole judge as to whether their ball is unplayable.

If the player deems their ball to be unplayable, under a penalty of one stroke, they have three options:

  1. Play a ball as near as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played;
  2. Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped. There is no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped; or
  3. Drop a ball within two club-lengths of the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the hole.

Options 2 or 3 are only options if the player finds and identifies their ball.

If the unplayable ball is in a bunker, the player may proceed under clause a, b or c. If the player elects to proceed under Clause b or c, a ball must be dropped in the bunker.

When proceeding under this Rule, the player may lift and clean their ball or substitute a ball.

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