It is a stinky situation unfortunately. there are a few Munis around Boston that don't even put the rakes out after Nov 15. Take it as a challenge and play it as it lies. Take a good close look at the lie and see if you need to treat it as a plugged sand shot or if it is really just a normal sand shot in a depression. Check to see if you approach from a different angle, it becomes easier like hitting it out to the fairway for an easy pitch shot.
It is kind of like the pot bunkers in the British open course. I know we all want to shoot better scores. But sometimes its the hard shots that make us the most proud of our game and not just the low scores. If you were able to hit this one close, you would have a great story to tell your golf buddies.