Grass cuttings piled for removal may be treated as ground under repair and grass cuttings not intended to be removed are loose impediments and may be brushed or moved from the line of play, except when they lie in the same hazard as the ball, Rule 23-1, Definitions of Loose Impediments and Ground Under Repair.
What is a loose impediment?
A good rule of thumb is that a “loose impediment” is anything natural, as opposed to a “movable obstruction” which is artificial (or man-made). Some examples of loose impediments are: Gravel.
Is a small branch a loose impediment?
Impediments are considered “Loose” if they are not fixed or growing, are not solidly embedded and do not adhere to the ball. Dead fallen branches are considered Loose Impediments, unless they are still attached to the plant. Ants and other bugs are also considered Loose Impediments.
Can you remove loose impediments on the green?
removing or pressing down sand, loose soil, replaced divots or other cut turf placed in position. However, the player incurs no penalty if the action occurs in creating or eliminating irregularities of surface on the putting green in removing sand and loose soil or in repairing damage (Rule 16-1).
Is sand on the green a loose impediment?
Sand and loose soil are considered to be ‘loose impediments’ (rule 23) on the putting green only. This does not apply anywhere else on the golf course, including the fringe of the green. If there is any loose soil or sand there, don’t touch or remove it or you will incur a two-stroke penalty.