Sprinkler in line of putt! Hold the pole to tap in?
Sometimes when I play golf with a group, a situation will come up about the real rules of golf. While we don't have enough at stake to stress over a few strokes and a few dollars here and there, most of us want to learn and want to do things the right way. If I am unsure of something that happened out on the course, I usually check it out with USGA Rules and Decisions when I get home. (Yes, it's true... I DO have to question everything! Not a flaw, in my opinion, it's just who I am.) Some websites I find useful are: http://www.barryrhodes.com
I thought it might be helpful to share my research occasionally, so here goes!
Harsh Lessons - March 1
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.