Is it true that you can or must take relief from a branch or bush that is outside of - but rooted in - an area that is designated as environmentally sensitive?
Dear Lou Lou,
Any bush or tree that is growing in an area designated as environmentally sensitive (ESA) is part of the ESA [Definition of “Ground Under Repair”]. If any part of that bush or tree extends outside the ESA and interferes with a player’s stance or swing, he is entitled to take free relief under Rule 25-1 (Abnormal Ground Conditions). He is not required to take relief, since his ball lies outside the area designated as ESA [Decision 25-1a/1].
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