Friday, August 18, 2017
Another golf ruling, please. When a staked tree is in a water hazard, can you take free relief if it interferes with your swing?
Lou from Greenvale, Victoria, Australia
A player is entitled to free relief from a staked tree in a hazard only if the Local Rule for protection of young trees is in effect [Appendix I, Part A, #2b]. The player must drop the ball in the water hazard in accordance with Rule 24-2b (i), which means the drop must be within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief.
All of the relief options under Rule 26 are available to the player; all of those options include a one-stroke penalty.
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