On a golf course we have the following areas where we can’t play a stroke on a ball:
– No Play Zone with free relief.
– No Play Zone with relief including a one-stroke penalty.
– Ball Out of Bounds.
– Wrong green.
You all understood last week that we may obtain a free relief from a Dangerous Animal Condition. Sometimes the referee in charge of the tournament must take some actions to protect the field against some type of poisonous plants and also protect some plants from human intrusion.
The work of a referee is not only to give penalties. We arrive a few days prior to the start of the tournament to look at the course and meet with the superintendent, the pro or the general manager. Very often I will talk with the captain of the club.
Most of the clubs want to protect their flower beds or areas of long grass. A local rule will determine that area as being a No Play Zone. A player will be granted a free relief and he must play his next stroke outside the area. When we find poisonous plants in a forest, we may put that area as a No Play Zone and with a one-stroke penalty, the player must take relief outside that zone.
We can also find some wooden areas where a Clift may be dangerous for golfer entering that area. We may decide to consider that area a No Play Zone for safety purposes.
What is the ruling when a player play his ball whet it lies in the following areas?
– The ball is played from a flower bed. It is determined to be a No Play Zone with a free relief.
– A stroke is made from a No Play Zone defined as a penalty area.
– The played make a stroke on his ball lying Out of Bounds
– The ball lies on a wrong green and the player makes a stroke
What is the ruling when a player enters a No Play Zone when a sign says: Do not Enter?