- Seats, tee markers, signs, ball washers, flower beds, litter bins, distance markers, shelters, wooden steps, ladders, direction indicators, protective wire on trees, all watering installations, all artificial paths, young trees less than a club length in height (all other trees are in play staked or not).
- Artificial hole covers and sprinkler heads on a putting green intervening on the line of putt, place ball at nearest point of relief that is not nearer the hole.
- If a ball lies off the putting green, but not in a hazard, and a sprinkler head on or within two club lengths of the putting green, and within two club lengths of the ball, intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole the player may take relief by lifting the ball and dropping at THE NEAREST POINT to where the ball lay that is NOT nearer the hole, avoids intervention and is NOT in a hazard or on a putting green.
WATER HAZARDS (Rule 26)
- Water hazards are defined by yellow stakes. Lateral water hazards are defined by red stakes. Stakes and lines defining water hazards are in the water hazard.
- All bridges crossing over water hazards form part of the hazard. (Rule 13-4)
OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27 –1)
Beyond the boundaries of the course, beyond white stakes or white line defining the boundary of the course including the car park, clubhouse area, practice putting green and surround, and machinery compound.
RELIEF FOR EMBEDDED BALL
Through the green, a ball which is embedded in its own pitch mark may be lifted, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lays but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must strike a part of the course through the green.
GROUND UNDER REPAIR (Rule 25-1)
- (Lift, clean and drop without penalty within one club length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief.)
- All ground so marked.
- On the putting green a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole, that avoids the situation.
- Stones in bunkers are moveable obstructions (Rule 24 -1)
- If a ball strikes an elevated power line or cable the stroke MUST be cancelled and re-played without penalty (Rule 20-5).
- A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If the device gauges or measures other conditions, the player is in breach of rule 14-3 and is disqualified regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.