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Coot’s Rules

All Coot play is generally governed by standard USGA playing rules.  However, after more than 30 years of experience, there have been a few exceptions created.


COOT BROWN GOLF LEAGUE PLAYING RULES

  1. BALL OUT OF BOUNDS. When a ball is hit out of bounds, the next ball may be hit from a spot that is within two (2) club lengths of where the ball crossed the boundary line to go out of bounds (not from where it landed) and no nearer to the hole from that point.  The opposing team should be consulted for acceptance of the resulting ball placement before the shot it taken.  Player should take a one (1) stroke penalty.
  2. BALL UNPLAYABLE. When a ball is hit into a hazard and/or is deemed “unplayable,” the next ball may be hit from a spot that is within two (2) club lengths of where the ball crossed the hazard or into the “unplayable” area (not from where it landed) and no nearer to the hole from that point.  The opposing team should be consulted for acceptance of the resulting ball placement before the shot it taken.  Player should take a one (1) stroke penalty.
  3. BALL AGAINST THE ROCKS. When a ball lands up against the rocks in a sand trap, the ball should be deemed unplayable and handled as outlined in #2 above.  Player should take a one (1) stroke penalty.
  4. IMPROVING LIE. Players may bump the ball to improve the lie of the ball anywhere on the course, except in hazards, without moving the ball nearer to the hole.
  5. NATURAL OBSTRUCTIONS.  If a player’s ball lands near trees, berm, or other natural obstructions on the course, the player may move the ball to a spot that is within two (2) club lengths of where the ball landed, without moving it nearer to the hole.  No penalty stroke results.
  6. KEEP IT ON THE COURSE. Most important of all the rules is this: any interpretation of these or any other playing rules are to be discussed among the players involved in the match and a resolution agreed upon while in the moment on the course before moving on to the next hole.  DO NOT bring any inquiries or debates back to the clubhouse!

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