Our 17th hole has out of bounds beyond the green. There is a large flower bed between the green and OB. The committee wants to adopt a local rule requiring a mandatory drop from the flower bed. Taking relief, no closer to the hole, will sometimes be a considerable distance from where your ball ends up in the flower bed.
1-Do USGA rules permit drop areas for this?
2-There obviously will be a local rule on the card and maybe a sign in the flower bed, but is it...