Hi could someone give a ruling please, Playing the other day my went into a bunker and was stuck under the lip of the bunker, I tried to get it on but it bit the lip came back and hit my foot. What penalty is their.
I don't really think that the rules are all that random, there are some principles that consistently run throughout. The flagstick rule is consistent with one of those, as @iacas has said, "Play the course as you find it." Of course there are some "lines" that have to be drawn, and by their very nature the decision on those lines is a bit arbitrary. For those who want to understand how the rules fit together, I recommend you get a short book called "The Principles Behind the Rules of Golf".
There you go - I think that statement really nicely sums up your position. I'l acknowledge your feeling here and understand where you are coming from.
However, just because it "feels" like cheating to you, it's not a justification for changing rules. Everybody has a rule they "feel" is bad, but rules are subjective and someone else might "feel" exactly the opposite. Rules are pretty random - what's 'fair', is just that they are defined (not inferred), and everyone follows the same rules for those rounds that pit us against each other or our own performance.
Best to avoid subjectivity. A discussion is interesting, but only up to the point where we try to convert others with a different view on it. Then it goes from being a discussion, to just repetition.
you two, I believe, nailed it. He's talking about very exclusive clubs with very low membership density. Then you just act like the owner and play whenever and however you wish. It's a bit clueless for anything other than the most excluding of privates. Pretty much wallowing is what 'ordinary' people consider the worst stereotype of golf. Or he's in a typical private and wishes it had fewer members so he can have an elite experience instead of what his club offers....