RULE: Movable Obstruction

What's the difference between movable and immovable? What is the status of those directional signs and hoops around the course?

Have a look at the illustration and tell me!

Now you tell me - are these hoops and signs that direct cart traffic around the course movable or immovable? Obviously I can move them - but am I permitted to do so under the rules? Can I obtain any relief from these if my ball is A, B, or C?

A does not interfere with my line of play, my stance or swing - but it does psychologically! B is on my line of play, but I could chip over it and onto the green. But C I reckon is inteferred on all three counts - line of play, stance & swing and psychologically! (I'm a real mess!)

What does the rule book say?

Firstly Definitions (p30  of new Rule Book) defines "obstruction" as "anything artificial, including the artificial surfaces of roads and paths and manufactured ice except:

  • objects defining out of bounds, such as walls, fences, stakes and railings;
  • any part of an immovable artificial object that is out of bounds; and
  • any construction declared by the committee to be an integral part of the course. "

But when is it movable? Can you accept assistance to move an obstruction that one person alone could not move??

The rules tell us an obstruction "is a movable obstruction if it may be moved without unreasonable effort, without unduly delaying play and without causing damage. Otherwise it is an immovable obstruction."

Note however, the committee may make a local rule declaring a movable obstruction to be an immovable obstruction.

Well, what about these hoops and signs? To eliminate any confusion, our local rules board makes it clear that these objects (temporary posts, ropes, hoops and cart signs) are MOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS. 

So after all that ..... RULE 24 Obstructions (pp90-94) informs us. You can get relief from these movable obstructions. The obstruction may be removed.  (Please remember to replace them!)  BUT - you cannot obtain relief from these MOVABLE obstructions by dropping your ball away from the obstruction. If you want relief from a MOVABLE obstruction, you have to move the obstruction!!

It really doesn't matter which ball is yours (A, B or C) - movable obstructions can be moved (except when your ball is in motion). There are no conditions re area of swing, stance, line of play or psychological influence for movable obstructions (but it it a different story re IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS).

What happens if your ball moves when you are removing the hoop/sign/posts?? You can find out by reading Rule 24!! (That's your homework!)

  • 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?
     


    Read more »
  • 30 Nov 2017

    LADIES CHRISTMAS BREAKUP

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


    Read more »
  • 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.


    Read more »
  • 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.


    Read more »
  • 5 Oct 2017

    LADIES MONTHLY MEDAL

     Ladies held the final of their monthly medal competition.


    Read more »
  • 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.


    Read more »
  • 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.


    Read more »
  • 19 Aug 2017

    MEN'S FOURSOMES

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


    Read more »
  • WHAT IS THE GREEN TEAM UP TO?

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


    Read more »
  • 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!


    Read more »