Winter Conditions – Bunkers

The YMMA Committee has considered various situations in regards to the playability of bunkers particularly during winter conditions.  We are mindful of the broad conversation amongst Members on this matter.

It is not practical to conduct an inspection of all bunkers across the course and selectively identify bunkers that are considered unplayable.  In the situation where there has been severe weather and there has been no opportunity for grounds staff to prepare the bunkers, the Course Superintendent, Golf Shop Duty Manager, YMGC Management or YMMA Committee may invoke an optional GUR condition for all bunkers.  This must be declared before commencement of play on the day of Competition.

To assist players, here are 2 scenarios and the options available in either situation.

  1. Bunkers are in play, the player may elect to:
  • play the ball as it lies
  • take relief under the provisions of Rule 16 having established the nearest point-of-relief
  • if the player is in a situation (eg. abnormal ground condition, casual water) they can take free relief in the bunker within the respective relief area
  • take a 1 stroke penalty and drop in the bunker within the respective relief area.or take a 2 stroke penalty and drop outside the bunker (general area) staying on a line from the flag extending through a line where the ball originally lay

2 : Bunkers are declared as optional GUR, the player may elect to:

  • play the ball as it lies
  • take a free drop outside the bunker (general area) at the nearest point of relief and then within the respective relief area from this point of reference.

The Committee had considered an option to introduce a Temporary Local Rule allowing for a lift, clean & placement of the ball in bunkers, however in consultation with Golf Australia (Rules Division) this is definitely not permitted under the Rules of Golf.

 

YMMA Committee

8th July 2019