Friday, October 30, 2015
Ask Linda #1181-Place clubs in bunker
Great columns – thank you!
What is the penalty if your golf bag accidentally tips into or rolls into a sand bunker? My bag recently rolled into the bunker a long way behind where my ball was. Is it a penalty for every club in the bag or 1 penalty?
And then another question- can one take a club into a sand bunker and put it down (say you've taken 2 clubs into the bunker to decide which one to use) without penalty?
Lulu from Cape Town, South Africa
Provided your lie, area of intended stance or swing, or line of play have not been improved [Rule 13-2], and the ball has not been moved [Rule 18-2a], there is no penalty if your bag tips or rolls into a bunker. In the situation you describe, you did not incur a penalty.
You may place any number of clubs in a bunker. In fact, you may carry your entire bag into the bunker with you and park it in the sand [Rule 13-4, Exception 1]. Placing your clubs in the bunker does not constitute “testing the condition of the hazard” [Decision 13-4/0.5].
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