New Rules of Golf in 2019, part 8: ABNORMAL COURSE CONDITIONS!

Hi all.

This is part 8 (of 31) in a series of blogs about some of the proposed changes to the Rules of Golf, planning to take effect January 1st 2019:

8. ABNORMAL COURSE CONDITIONS.

8.1. Definition?
Abnormal course conditions is – according to the proposal to new 2019-Rules of Golf – one of the following:

  1. Temporary water.
  2. Ground under repair.
  3. Immovable obstructions.

Note, that it is called abnormal course conditions. In the present Rules of Golf, there is something called “abnormal ground conditions”, which is defined as ground under repair, hole made by a burrowing animal or temporary (casual) water.

These two definitions thus are not the same.

8.2. Relief, if interference.
You can take relief without penalty, if you have interference from one of these occurrences. Just like today “interference” is defined as if/when:

  1. The ball is lying in/on it.
  2. It physically interferes with your stance or your area of intended swing.
  3. (When the ball is on the Putting Green): The occurrence is in your line of putt.

Under the 2019-Rules of Golf you are allowed relief everywhere on the golf course, except if the ball is lying in a penalty area (read about penalty areas in this blog) (in penalty areas, you must instead apply the rules about penalty areas, i.e. take relief with a one stroke penalty – see part 9 about this).

The abnormal course condition must be on the course, for you to be allowed relief without penalty.

8.3. Exceptions: Relief not allowed.
In the 2019-Rules of Golf there are (like today) to exceptions, where you are not allowed relief without penalty (although there is interference), i.e. when either :

  1. … you could not have made the stroke due to interference by someting else (e.g. because the ball lay really bad under a bush).
  2. … interference only occurs when having an unnecessary abnormal stance or direction of play (e.g. when playing backwards – away from the hole – for no obvious reason).

/Brian
(bno@golfrules.com)

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4 Comments
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  3. Walter Sartorius says

    Brian, for 2019 the definition of “abnormal course condition” includes a 4th condition-animal hole, in addition to the 3 you referenced under 8.1

  4. Graham Wilson says

    WATER DAMAGE. I LIVE IN SPAIN WE HAVE A LOT OF HARD PAN ON OUR COURSE.
    WHEN A BALL COMES TO REST IN A DRIED UP WATER RUN OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY WATER IS IT
    1, PLAY THE BALL AS IT LIES OR TAKE RELIEF WITH PENALTY.

    2. FREE DROP.

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