There is nothing quite like playing a round or two with slightly cooler temps and the crisp smell of the changing leaves.
Unfortunately, those fallen leaves make it a bit harder to see your ball on the fairway. Remember, certain rules still apply even with loose impediments like leaves so, proceed with caution before going to find your ball in the foliage!
Some relevant Rules & Decisions
~ Rule 12-1b – Searching for or identifying ball covered by loose impediments in hazard
~ Decision 12-1/3 – Top of ball covered by leaves in hazard but part of ball visible from another angle
~ Decision 12-1/4 – Touching ground in bunker or water hazard with club while probing for a ball believed covered by leaves
~ Decision 13-4/13.5 – Player moved leaves in hazard by approaching ball and taking stance
~ Decision 13-4/33 – Providing relief from accumulations of leaves in bunkers
~ Decision 16-1a/9 – Palm of hand brushed repeatedly on putting green to remove small leaves
~ Decision 33/1 – Removal of leaves from putting green by Committee, whether authorized
~ Decision 33-3/31 – Declaring accumulations of leaves (at specified holes) through the green as GUR
To move or not to move? If you’re truly not sure, forego a penalty stroke and touch base with our tournament team and resident rules experts (Cory, Mike or Chris) before making your next move. We’re here to save your game!