Rules Topic – USGA Explains: (2023) Abnormal Course Conditions
Rules of Golf Explained (2023): Abnormal Course Conditions
Rule 16 – Relief from Abnormal Course Conditions (Including Immovable Obstructions), Dangerous Animal Condition, Embedded Ball
Purpose of Rule: Rule 16 covers when and how you may take free relief by playing a ball from a different place, such as when you have interference by an abnormal course condition or a dangerous animal condition.
These conditions are not treated as part of your challenge of playing the course, and you are generally allowed free relief except in a penalty area.
You normally take relief by dropping a ball in a relief area based on the nearest point of complete relief.
This Rule also covers free relief when your ball is embedded in its own pitch mark in the general area.
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