This weeks highlighted golf rulings :
Ditches at Roaring River Golf Course :
When your ball lands in any of the ditches on hole 8,9,17 and 18 at the Roaring River Golf Course you are entitled to free relief. This means you can take a free drop, 1 club length from the ditch, without penalty.
You are NOT entitled to relief from the ditch running along the left side of the fairways on hole 3, 4, 12 and 13. You must play the ball is it lies or you can take an unplayable ball and drop 2 club lengths, no closer to the hole. If it was your tee shot that landed in the ditch and you took an unplayable, you would now be hitting your 3rd shot.
To drop or not to drop on Fairway/Rough demarcation lines at Roaring River?
What happens if your ball lands on a fairway/rough line. The lines that show the borders of the fairways and rough? If the ball is on another fairway then you get free relief and can drop the ball no closer to the hole. This is Rule 8 of the Roaring River local rules, which are posted in the club house.
Balls touching on fairway :
At the US Open, Graham Mcdowell and Louis Oosthuizen hit their tee shots and their balls stopped on the fairway, touching each other.
The ruling for this is that Except when a ball is in motion, if a player considers that the ball of another player might interfere with his play, he may have it lifted.
A ball lifted under this Rule must be replaced (see Rule 20-3). The ball must not be cleaned unless it lies on the putting green (see Rule 21).
In stroke play, a player required to lift his ball may play first rather than lift the ball.
For the player replacing his ball, the ball must be placed in the nearest lie most similar to the original lie that is not more than one club-length from the original lie, not nearer the hole and not in a hazard.
Ruling is here : http://www.usga.org/Rule-Books/Rules-of-Golf/Rule-22/#22-2
Dropping the Ball, keeping the point where the ball lay between the drop area and hole.
Ollie from Hopkins asked when this rule applies on the course. This rule is applied when the ball is in the water hazard (Rule 26) or if you need to take an unplayable. Rule 28.
With a Water Hazard you can take a drop as far back as you want, keeping the point where the ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard, between the hole and where you drop.
You may also deem your ball unplayable anywhere on the course and take either a drop, 2 club lengths from the spot where the ball lays, no closer to the hole. OR go back as far as you want keeping the point where the ball lay, between the hole and where you take your drop.