Today, the 12th and tomorrow the 13th, we’ll look at the specific Rules for Bunkers and Putting Greens.
Rule 12 - Bunkers
The Golden Oldie that you cannot escape a bunker for free still stands. Thank you, Lew Blakey. http://www.generalarea.org/ Later in Rules 15 and 16, we’ll see a few restrictions on taking free relief in bunkers.
Purpose of Rule: Rule 12 is a specific Rule for bunkers, which are specially prepared areas intended to test the player’s ability to play a ball from the sand.
To make sure the player confronts this challenge, there are some restrictions on touching the sand before the stroke is made and on where relief may be taken for a ball in a bunker.
But, what exactly is a “bunker”? Let’s read the Definition:
A specially prepared area of sand, which is often a hollow from which turf or soil was removed.
These are not part of a bunker:
A lip, wall or face at the edge of a prepared area and consisting of soil, grass, stacked turf or artificial materials,
Soil or any growing or attached natural object inside the edge of a prepared area (such as grass, bushes or trees),
Sand that has spilled over or is outside the edge of a prepared area, and
All other areas of sand on the course that are not inside the edge of a prepared area (such as deserts and other natural sand areas or areas sometimes referred to as waste areas).
Bunkers are one of the five defined areas of the course.
A Committee may define a prepared area of sand as part of the general area (which means it is not a bunker) or may define a non-prepared area of sand as a bunker.
When a bunker is being repaired and the Committee defines the entire bunker as ground under repair, it is treated as part of the general area (which means it is not a bunker).
What’s in the Rule:
12.1 When Ball Is in Bunker
12.2 Playing Ball in Bunker
12.3 Specific Rules for Relief for Ball in Bunker
Rule 12 Interpretations:
12.2a/1 Improvement Resulting from Removing Loose Impediment or Movable Obstruction from a Bunker
12.2b(3)/1 Player Is Allowed to Smooth Sand in a Bunker to Care for the Course After Taking Relief Outside the Bunker
12.2b/1 Rule 12.2b Applies to a Mound of Sand from an Animal Hole in a Bunker
12.2b/2 Whether Player May Probe in Bunker
12.2b/3 Rule 12.2 Continues to Apply When Player Has Lifted His or Her Ball from Bunker to Take Relief but Has Not Yet Decided Whether to Take Relief In or Out of Bunker
No clue what my best time for a foursome riding is. Probably close to 3:00.
Walked in 2:00 once in a twosome and that was only because the ranger held us up because we caught up to the maintenance crew.
Hard to get a foursome together when the course is not crowded. Maybe 3:30 at best here. I've played multiple rounds with @topoftheline89 that have been under 2:30 as a twosome walking when the course is relatively open.