Re: rules question of the day
Originally Posted by EightBlue
More importantly, your ball wasn't in the sand trap. Why not just push the tarp out of the way?
Beyond that, and off the top of my head, the tarp may be an obstruction:
Source: Rules of Golf
An "obstruction" is anything artificial, including the artificial surfaces and sides of roads and paths and manufactured
a. Objects defining out of bounds, such as walls, fences, stakes and railings;
b. Any part of an immovable artificial object that is out of bounds; and
c. Any construction declared by the Committee to be an integral part of the course.
An obstruction is a movable obstruction if it may be moved without unreasonable effort, without unduly delaying play and without causing damage. Otherwise, it is an immovable obstruction.
Note: The Committee may make a Local Rule declaring a movable obstruction to be an immovable obstruction.
You may be able to call it an obstruction. 150-yard stakes are considered obstructions like this.
Again, what's relevant too is that your ball was not in the hazard.