Scottie Scheffler: “Pine Straw” at the Masters

I've been asked a few questions about the rulings Scottie Scheffler received during the Masters last weekend. At the 18th on Saturday he took an unplayable lie from deep in a bush after his drive. He then asked for confirmation that he could remove the pine needles that Augusta put under the trees before dropping. … Continue reading Scottie Scheffler: “Pine Straw” at the Masters

18th @Brokenhurst – Loose Impediments and Divots

The 18th is another of Harry Colt's great short Par 4's. Two good shots and you are looking for a birdie, but one bad shot and a bogey can be a good score. It is now a long carry for many golfers over a ditch and heathery bank on to the fairway with a lone … Continue reading 18th @Brokenhurst – Loose Impediments and Divots

13th @Brokenhurst – On a movable obstruction

The 13th starts the last loop of 6 holes so playing away from the clubhouse again. Hitting the correct line of the tee is crucial. The tighter left you can keep it the shorter your shot into the green will be, as long as you are far enough to clear the trees on the corner. … Continue reading 13th @Brokenhurst – On a movable obstruction

The Referee Gets in the Way

A true tale from a recent competition. When refereeing a stroke play (or matchplay) competition you do your best to keep out of the players way and not to interfere unless you are called in or spot a situation where a player may need a bit of help to apply the rules correctly. It doesn't … Continue reading The Referee Gets in the Way

7th Hole @Brokenhurst – Unplayable Lie

The start of the middle loop of 6 - the most difficult loop and level to handicap through these holes is normally a good result. The 7th at 376 yds from the white tees and 344 from the reds is possibly the easiest of the six. Driving over the road, the only trouble is … Continue reading 7th Hole @Brokenhurst – Unplayable Lie

Referee Challenge: Loose Impediments

We know you can remove loose impediments anywhere on the course now, but we need to take care that our ball doesn't move when doing so - if it does we get a one stroke penalty and must replace the ball exactly where it was. If we don't move it back and then play it … Continue reading Referee Challenge: Loose Impediments

Referee Challenge 2 So, its a strokeplay competition and we have a ball in the battery compartment of a trolley which is on an artificially surfaced path and then the wind blows the trolley and the ball to a new position. What rules apply and how should the player proceed?

Movable Obstructions

Movable Obstructions are artificial objects that can be moved with reasonable effort and without damaging the obstruction or the course. You can remove moveable instructions anywhere on or off the course, but be aware of the following: If your ball moves as a consequence it must be replaced on its original spot and there is … Continue reading Movable Obstructions