The thing about my new Women's Club is that some groups I've played with are super casual about rules, as if we are just out playing a friendly round (which we are, but there's still a little money on the line), and some members are super strict and play by the Real Rules of Golf. This bothers me, because if there is a competition going on, everyone should be playing the same game!
Being as I'm the new kid on the block, I probably won't say anything, yet.
ANYhow, yesterday I played with one of the sticklers...
The course is still a mess from the constant rain in January and February, and my ball ended up in the side of a bunker where the rain had created a deep crevasse. Had we been playing a "friendly" round, we reasonably could have called it a free drop (in the bunker, of course), like it would be for standing water. But NO! In the Real Rules of Golf, I can either play it as it lies, or I can call it unplayable (Rule 28) and add one stroke.
"The player may deem her ball unplayable at any place on the course, except when the ball is in a water hazard. The player is the sole judge as to whether her ball is unplayable."
If I deem my ball unplayable, I take a one stroke penalty, and I have three choices:
1) Play a ball from where I last played the original ball,
2) Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped (except in a bunker, it must be dropped in the bunker); or
3) Drop a ball within two club-lengths of the spot where the ball lay, not nearer the hole (and in a bunker, must be dropped in the bunker).