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The rules on artificial obstructions

As a general rule it is possible to take relief - i.e. to move your ball from an awkward spot without penalty - from anything artificial on a course.

Many footpaths, roads, railings and things like stakes around baby trees are regarded as 'immovable obstructions'.

This means you may move your ball and drop it - usually within one club length from the point of nearest relief, or the nearest place not obstructed.

This does not apply when:

  • The obstruction is classed as an 'integral part' of the course, as above at the 17th at St Andrews - known as the Road Hole
  • The road or wall is used to mark out of bounds

If the obstruction is movable, such as a tractor or rake, it may be moved out of the way without penalty.

If the ball moves it must be replaced, without penalty.



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