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.
Abnormal course conditions is – according to the proposal to new 2019-Rules of Golf – one of the following:
- Temporary water.
- Ground under repair.
- 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:
- The ball is lying in/on it.
- It physically interferes with your stance or your area of intended swing.
- (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 :
- … you could not have made the stroke due to interference by someting else (e.g. because the ball lay really bad under a bush).
- … 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).
OVERVIEW: 31 blogs about the proposal to new 2019-Rules of Golf.
- Part 1: Intro: From 34 to 24 Rules.
- Part 2: No Decisionsbook in 2019!
- Part 3: Main changes.
- Part 4: Present Rules books in effect one more year.
- Part 5: Generel changes.
- Part 6: Loose impediments.
- Part 7: Obstructions.
- Part 8: Abnormal course conditions.
- Part 9: Ball unplayable.
- Part 10. Dropping.
- Part 11: Wrong Putting Green.
- Part 12: The Putting Green.
- Part 13. Bunkers.
- Part 14: Ball embedded in own pitch mark.
- Part 15: Substitute ball.
- Part 16: The Flagstick.
- Part 17: Water hazards.
- Part 18: Provisional ball.
- Part 19: New playing form: Maximum score.
- Part 20: Outside agency.
- Part 21: The Teeing Ground.
- Part 22: The ball.
- Part 23: Turf-holes.
- Part 24: Striking the ball more than once.
- Part 25: Clubs.
- Part 26: Playing from an illegal tee.
- Part 27: Calling you marker etc.
- Part 28: Ball on the Putting Green moves after being replaced.
- Part 29: New integrity rule.
- Part 30: Penalty for breach of code of conduct.
- Part 31: Recommendations to pace of play.
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