To many, league golf rules are as strict as it gets.
My playing partner plays on a league at the course where he and I play casual golf. Many of the holes have drop zones between the hazard and the green for the purpose of speeding up play, I assume. Based on my understanding of the USGA rules, this local rule isn't legitimate so I never use those drop zones and instead drop on the correct side of the hazard.
It drives him nuts. He can't understand why I "make the game harder than it has to be". Lol.
In his case, that's fine that he chooses to play as he does. He doesn't post scores for HC, we don't wager, and he doesn't talk crap or brag about a low score.
Let’s not rehash the DJ thing. The players knew all sandy areas were bunkers. On a course with that many, some 100 yards from the center of the fairway, spectators were bound to be in them.
DJ isn’t the sharpest tack.
Good point Wally, the rules are hard to enforce when there is no obvious boundary. The Dustin Johnson thing was the worst I have ever seen and the explanation that is was well defined and posted for all to see was nothing but a attempt to justify what the powers in hand did to DJ. When they allow people to walk and stand in what they call a "Sand Trap" they are good candidates for Densa. That was nothing but taking the Championship away from him. This LPGA thing is no different and should have been handled differently by the both parties.
I remember a PGA event (maybe a major, can't really remember) where there was an issue as to boundary between green and fringe. If I recall correctly, players were encouraged to get a playing partner or even a ruling from an official if they couldn't tell if they were on the green.
Not agreeing with the players or the ruling, but how "poorly" is the course prepared if they cannot tell where the green is and where the fringe is?