Stones and Rakes in Bunkers

Matt has been running a Rules Quiz for his club during the lock down and he tells me that 60% of respondents didn’t know how to deal with stone in bunkers – possibly a hangover from the 2019 rewrite.

How to deal with Loose Impediments in Bunkers
  • Stones and other unattached natural objects are Loose Impediments”
  • Loose Impediments can be removed without penalty anywhere on the course
  • If the ball moves due to the removal of a Loose Impediment:
    • Replace the ball where it was
    • 1 stroke penalty has been incurred
    • NB General Penalty (2 strokes/loss of hole) if ball not moved back
How to deal with Movable Obstructions in Bunkers

What if your ball ends up against a rake in the bunker?

  • Rakes and other artificial objects are Movable Obstructions
  • Movable Obstructions can be removed without penalty anywhere on the course
  • If the ball moves due to the removal of a Movable Obstruction
    • Replace the ball where it was
    • NO PENALTY!
    • NB General Penalty (2 strokes/loss of hole) if ball not moved back
  • NB There are a few items which are both artificial and movable which you are not allowed to move, notably:
    • Boundary Objects (e.g. Out of Bounds posts)
    • Tee Markers – when ball will be played from Teeing Area

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