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Air Horn Communication

Air Horn Communication

Golf is a very unique sport for many reasons – one of which is that it is played over a very large area.  Because of that, rules officials need to use air horns to signal a suspension or resumption of play.  Much like there is in boating...

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The Greatest Show on Grass

The Greatest Show on Grass

The Waste Management Phoenix Open is well known for many things: The first thing that comes to mind is the par 3 16th hole, which is completely encircled by hospitality units (3 levels high) and grandstands which hold an additional 16,000 fans...

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Starting on Time

Starting on Time

Rule 6-3a states that a player must start his round at the time established by the committee. This means that if you have the 8:15am tee time, it is your responsibility to be on the tee and ready to play at that time. In reading the rule there is...

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Soft Turf

Soft Turf

This week with strong winter storms in California, the course conditions are very soft and muddy. To handle lies that might be unfortunate or undesirable, Decision 25/1 in the Rules of Golf provides guidance for the players/committee. Is Soft...

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Status of an Obstruction

Status of an Obstruction

Sometimes Rules Committees are forced to deal with objects such as signs, garbage cans, port-o-lets, display cars, etc. that can show up unexpectedly during a golf tournament. The real estate sign shown here was a great example of this. To...

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Bunker issues: The answer

Bunker issues: The answer

In my previous blog on bunker issues, I had promised a few answers today! The answer to the first question is that the “practice ball” is an abandoned ball and may be removed. Refer to decision 24-1 / 2. The answer to the second question is...

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Obstruction or GUR?

Obstruction or GUR?

Often at golf courses there are obstructions closely situated near landing areas and putting greens. Some of these obstructions are irrigation control boxes and pump houses that are essential to maintain the turf on the golf course. In order to...

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