Is A Bunker A Hazard?

“A ‘hazard’ is any bunker or water hazard.” A ball was considered to be in a hazard when any part of the ball touched that hazard (in other words, the ball didn’t have to be fully inside the boundary of a bunker or water hazard to be considered in that hazard).

Is a greenside bunker considered a hazard?

Waste bunkers are natural sandy areas, usually very large and often found on links courses; they are not considered hazards according to the rules of golf, and so, unlike in fairway or greenside bunkers, golfers are permitted to ground a club lightly in, or remove loose impediments from, the area around the ball.

Can you touch sand when in a bunker?

The New Rule: Under Rules 12.2a and 12.2b, the player will be allowed to touch or move loose impediments in a bunker and will be generally allowed to touch the sand with a hand or club. You still can’t intentionally touch the sand to “test” it. And you can’t clip the sand during a practice swing.

Can you ground your club in a hazard in 2019?


On top of this, golfers can move loose impediments in bunkers and will not be penalised for generally grounding their club away from their ball. However, you still CANNOT ground your club when playing a BUNKER shot.

Can you drop out of bunker?

Players are still allowed to drop in the bunker within two club-lengths of the ball, or, behind the ball on a straight line from the hole, for one penalty stroke. Come 2019, players can take relief outside of the sand on a line from the hole to where the ball came to rest in the bunker.