Originally Posted by Kenn
Is that pond designed into the golf course as a hazard that you knew was there? Then I would say if you hit into it then you suffer whatever the penalty is.
Is that divot left by someone not courteous enough to fix it supposed to be there? Especially when it happens to be in the ideal location the course may be designed for you to hit to? The title of the thread is "should divots be considered GUR?" I say yes because they don't belong there. Does a golf course with a whole bunch of divots make for a more exciting play or does it suck? why? Because they don't belong there. I think the guy who started the thread knows what the "rule" is, he was asking a question and I simply say yes. If I were playing with some buddies and one of them was sitting in someone's divot after a perfect shot I would expect them to move it and I suspect they would say the same to me. If my buddy got done and said he shot a 98 I would not think that was a bogus number because he set his ball outside a giant divot back on the 8th fairway.
Not to mention: Are you "repairing the ground" when you pour some sand in it? Maybe that's what the rule needs to be, if you find yourself in someones divot and you are willing to meticulously repair that divot, you get to call that GUR because you just did it. Now you get the lie your should have had anyway. Do you think if you told the pro back at the clubhouse that's what you do he would think you are a cheater or would he say thanks?
Maybe if one day I'm shooting in the 80's instead of having a hard time breaking 100 it might matter
Miss the point much?? You play the ball down and you play the course as you found it, divots and all.
Look, you can break whatever rules you want if it makes the game more enjoyable. Have at it, but that doesn't mean the rules should be changed to accommodate you. Play by whatever rules let you enjoy the game but realize, and accept, that you are not playing by the rules of golf.
That should allow everyone to coexist quite comfortably but if you insist on trying to convince others that the rules should be changed to suit your needs and wants you will encounter a whole lot of pushback.