Bunker rules...... some of them just don't make any sense. There are two sets of rules. One for us, and one for televised events.
Then there is the crap B.S. that can happen on Sundays..... when you hit the ball into a bunker and some #@!!%!! didn't bother to rake the bunker after he left a 1-1/2" deep crater in the wet sand (?) and your ball of course rolls in and settles in the deepest part.
Had this been a PGA tournament, someone would have raked the bunker before you hit your shot, and consequently a touring pro would never deal with that on the course. Us peons however must either fail on our first attempt, only to watch haplessly as our ball rolls back into the crater, now a 1/2" deeper on its way to China and take an unplayable lie and drop elsewhere in the bunker with a one stroke penalty which we should have done in the first place.
The same goes for a fallen tree branch from a storm that the grounds crew hasn't gotten around to clearing yet from a bunker. That also would not be a problem if one fell from a tree during a televised round on Saturday or Sunday since the crew would promptly remove it. We however cannot remove it without taking a two stroke penalty or loss of hole. However we can take an unplayable lie costing us one stroke if we drop into the bunker. We can, however remove it after we've hit our shot out of the bunker so the next poor person doesn't have to deal with it.
Also while banana peels and other litter like aluminum cans can be removed from a bunker if they obstruct the line of play because they are no part of the "natural terrain," half eaten apples and pears dropped by slobs in the foursome in front of you cannot because they are considered part of nature even though there is no apple or pear tree in the area!
Fortunately some of our courses have a local rule allowing stones and rocks next to your ball to be removed from sand bunkers. It's a safety issue + who wants to damage a $125 wedge? Also given that the bunker is X number of square feet what are the odds that your ball will end up right next to the rock? about 80%. PS: the rock would not be in the bunker for the televised event.... just saying.
I know.... "don't hit the ball into a bunker."