Golf Course Hazards


I ran across this massive snapper in the middle of the fairway on a local course.

What’s the ruling if your ball lands next to a snapper, and he doesn’t want to move?

1 thought on “Golf Course Hazards”

  1. Good question. Probably 24-2. Immovable Obstruction:

    a. Interference

    Interference by an immovable obstruction occurs when a ball lies in or on the obstruction, or when the obstruction interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his intended swing. If the player’s ball lies on the putting green, interference also occurs if an immovable obstruction on the putting green intervenes on his line of putt. Otherwise, intervention on the line of play is not, of itself, interference under this Rule.

    b. Relief

    Except when the ball is in a water hazard or a lateral water hazard, a player may take relief from interference by an immovable obstruction as follows:

      (i) Through the Green:If the ball lies through the green, the player must lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green. When the ball is dropped within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, the ball must first strike a part of the course at a spot that avoids interference by the immovable obstruction and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.

    Out here it’s the desert tortoise that’s immovable; the drop is more like ten clubs away. And call for a National Park Service ranger.


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