Rule: Abnormal Course Conditions

 Guess we have our fair share of abnormal course conditions after weather events, and probably even more interpretations of this definition from what I am told!!

But what is'abnormal course conditions'? Is it the same as GUR?

The definition of “an abnormal course condition: an animal hole, ground under repair, an immovable obstruction or temporary water"

The definition does not include muddy ground, long grass, or stony ground—unless marked by a white line as GUR or stated in a local rule.

Temporary water” is any temporary accumulation of water on the surface of the ground (such as puddles from rain or irrigation or an overflow from a body of water that is not in a penalty area, and can be seen before or after you take your stance (without pressing down excessively with your feet). An accumulation of water must remain present either before or after you take your stance. A ball is in casual water when it lies in or any part of it touches the temporary water.

We have covered sections of Rule16 previously under GUR on the green, casual water, washouts and temporary water in bunkers, and ball on formed pathways. Check out our website under GOLF.

IS soft, mushy earth temporary water? No, not unless water is visible on the surface before or after you take your stance.

I press down hard with my foot until water appears on my sole—is this temporary  water? No, this is not temporary water. You must take your stance normally.

What is the status of grass cuttings? If they have been piled for later removal, they are GUR and you are entitled to free relief. Grass cuttings are simply loose impediments and may be removed (but don’t accidently move your ball!)

There are currently many wheel ruts made by mowers—can I get free relief from them? Yes, under our local rules on the back of our score card.

Is an aeration hole on the green a hole made by the green keeper GUR? No—no relief.

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