16.1 A ball is near an out of bounds fence and the fence will interfere with his stance. Does the player have a free relief?
Answer 16.1: The player won’t get a free relief from the fence.
16.2 The player’s ball is 10 feet away from an irrigation box, and the box is in direct line between the ball and the flagstick. What are the player’s options?
Answer 16.2: Without a specific local rule, a player won’t get a line of flight relief from the irrigation box. Usually, those boxes are in the woods and are not in play.
16.3 In a penalty area, a pumping station is interfering with the player’s swing. What are his options?
Answer 16.3: There is no relief from an immovable obstruction when the ball lies in a penalty area.
16.4 The player’s ball lies in an animal hole. A huge bush is at the entrance of the hole. If the payer gets a free relief, where is the reference point?
Answer 16.4: The reference point is at the entrance of the hole. If the ball is playable at that point, the player may drop a ball at no more than one club length from the entrance. If the ball is unplayable, the reference point will still be at the entrance of the hole.
16.5 The ball lies in temporary water in a bunker full of water. There is no dry area in the bunker. What are the options?
Answer 16.5: They player may drop a ball in the bunker in an area with less water. Unlike an abnormal course condition where the player must take full relief.
16.6 The player’s ball is on the green, 15 feet from the hole with temporary water between the position of the ball and the hole. The nearest point without interference at 15 feet would be outside the green in the rough. There is a point on the green at 20 feet from the hole without any interference from temporary water. Can the player place his ball on the green at 20 feet from the hole?
Answer 16.6: The player has no choice. He must use the nearest point. If the nearest point is outside the green in the rough, the player will place the ball in the rough instead of dropping it.
QUESTIONS RULE 16 (Part 2)
16.7 The ball lies in an overflow area of a penalty area. We don’t see any lines on the grass, only red stakes. Is the ball considered to be in the Penalty Area?
16.8 A ball is embedded in the grass face of a bunker. What are the player’s options?
16.9 What are the options if the player’s ball is embedded in temporary water.
16.11 The player’s ball is in a bush in an unplayable position. But an alligator is close by to watch the ball. Can the player take a relief from a dangerous animal?
16.12 A playable ball lies in a penalty area. A huge snake is about 6 feet from the ball. Will a referee grant him a free relief from a dangerous animal?