The club has recently been carrying out extensive course improvements and alterations over the Winter period. This has required the removal of large areas of bushes leaving areas of Abnormal Ground Conditions.
These areas are marked and defined by blue stakes and are Ground Under Repair (GUR).
If your ball comes to rest within these GUR marked areas or the GUR physically interferes with your intended stance or intended swing. You must take relief under rule 16.1.
What type of relief depends on where your ball is and therefore your nearest point of complete relief
The nearest point of complete relief MUST BE STRICTLY INTERPRETED.
A player is not allowed to choose on which side of the ground under repair the ball will be dropped, unless there are two equidistant nearest points of complete relief. Even if one side of the ground under repair is fairway and the other is bushes, if the nearest point of complete relief is in the bushes, then that is the player’s nearest point of complete relief.
If your nearest point of complete relief is the bushes then you must drop your ball in the Drop Zone NOT NEARER THE HOLE with no penalty.
If your nearest point of complete relief is the fairway side then you should drop out of the GUR with no penalty & no need to use the Drop Zones.
TO BE CLEAR THE DROP ZONES ARE ONLY FOR BALLS WHERE THE NEAREST POINT OF COMPLETE RELIEF IS THE BUSHES UNDER NO PENALTY.