Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Ask Linda #1194-Preferred lies in the rough
The preferred lie may be established by local rule when the course condition is extremely adverse. However, our social golf league now considers to apply the preferred lie to include the rough area because of long and tough grass in rough.
It is my understanding that the preferred lie can be applied to the limited area of a ball lying on a closely mown area through the green.
I would like to know if the whole rough area through the green may be included for the preferred lie.
Lou from Seoul, Korea
The Local Rule in Appendix I, Part B, limits the use of preferred lies to closely mown areas through the green. “Closely mown areas” refer to any area mowed to fairway height or less, including the apron around the green, paths cut through the rough, and, of course, fairways.
Preferred lies are not an option in the rough. However, there are Local Rules that may be adopted to provide specific relief in the rough. Committees may allow relief for embedded balls “through the green” (which includes the rough, but no bunkers or hazards), and they may allow “lift, clean, and replace” in the rough (generally when conditions are so wet that mud is likely to adhere to the ball).
“Long and tough grass” is not an unusual condition in the rough. If the Committee has a problem with the difficulty of the rough, it is time to have a discussion with the greenkeeper.
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