RULE: BUNKER BLUES

His Veteran golfer mate said, "Touch the sand in the bunker with your club as you remove the rake and I will penalise you two strokes". Now we know the  Vet golfer knows everything abut the rules, so he must be right, right???

Well, he could be playing Vets Rules - let's see what the Royal and Ancient has to say in the Rules of Golf.

Richard told me if you use your club to ‘pick up’ the rake from a bunker before playing your bunker shot, and touch the sand, that’s a two stroke penalty. He was advised by his mate that this  constitutes “testing  the condition of the bunker”.  

Definitions calls a bunker or a water hazard a “hazard

Rule 13 BALL PLAYED AS IT LIES  says that before you make a stroke at a ball that is in a hazard (bunker or water hazard), you must not test the condition of the hazard; you must not touch the ground in a hazard or water  in a water hazard with your hand or a club; nor can you touch or move a loose impediment lying in or touch a hazard.

So Richard’s mate is right so far. But wait – there’s more!

The Rule 13 goes on to list some exceptions to the preceding!

Providing nothing is done that could constitute testing the condition of the hazard, or improves the lie of the ball in the hazard, there is NO PENALTY if you touch the ground or loose impediment in the hazard while removing an obstruction! The rake left in the hazard is a movable obstruction!

These exceptions also negate the two stroke penalty if you touch the ground in the hazard as a result of or to prevent yourself falling (as you get older, this is not only possible but probable!!), or in measuring or marking the position of , lifting or replacing  your ball in a hazard as permitted under any rule. AND you may place your clubs in a hazard before playing the shot! SWEET!

Interestingly, the exceptions go on to say that you can, at any time, smooth the sand or soil in a hazard PROVIDED this is for the sole purpose of caring for the course AND nothing is done to breach Rule 13-2: improving your lie, area of intended stance or swing, or your line of play for your next stroke.

That part of the rule is open to interpretation (especially by your titchy opponent) and I reckon a bit risky a habit to cultivate. Be safe, not sorry!

RULE 13 has some other interesting exceptions – why not read them and dazzle your titchy mate!

  • 9 Dec 2017

    ALAN HORSFALL SHIELD

    The Nambour Vets conduct a season long aggregate stableford competition for the Alan Horsfall Shield.

    The winner amassed a total of 243 points. Who won, and by what margin?
     


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  • 30 Nov 2017

    LADIES CHRISTMAS BREAKUP

     The Nambour ladies held their Annual Christmas Breakup party last Thursday 28th November.


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  • 4 Nov 2017

    GREEN TEAM ON THE GO!

     The October rains were a fantastic and very welcome boost to our course, but not without presenting "the green team" some challenges.


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  • 26 Oct 2017

    LADIES ELECT NEW COMMITTEE

    NGC Ladies held their Annnual General Meeting on Thursday 26 October.

    Gail Campling was again returned as President.

    Read on to see who else will be on the coming year's committee, and to read Gail's report for 2017.


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  • 5 Oct 2017

    LADIES MONTHLY MEDAL

     Ladies held the final of their monthly medal competition.


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  • 28 Sep 2017

    LADIES FOURSOMES CHAMPIONS

    We were very unfortunate that it turned out to be a shockingly hot for our Foursomes Championships, so all 16 ladies are to be congratulated for persevering through to the 36th hole. Check out the winners.


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  • 20 Sep 2017

    PRESIDENT'S UPDATE

     

    Dear Members,

     

    I hope you are all enjoying the sensational weather but the time has come where we need some rain. How good will the course be with 2 or 3 inches of rain?

     

    Well, "it's all happening" at Nambour Golf Club. We apologise for any inconvenience but I'm sure you would agree that it is all worth it.

     

    Here is an update on works recently completed and what else is happening around the place.


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  • 19 Aug 2017

    MEN'S FOURSOMES

    The 2017 title of Champion Men's Foursomes was a runaway for two of our younger guns.


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  • WHAT IS THE GREEN TEAM UP TO?

    Andy has some interesting work planned to be implemented over the month of July.


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  • 11 Jun 2017

    JUNIOR EFFERVESCENCE

    I happened to catch Darrell's Junior Golfer squads as they topped off their regular Sunday clinic with a few holes of golf. It is so reassuring to see such dedication from Darrell, but this may be easy to reconcile when you see the joie de vivre, the energy and the great sense of fun displayed by his young charges. I snapped a photo late on Sunday arvo of one of his groups as they rolled on down #1! Have a look!


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