Re: Top of Texas News
Your options that don't require special rules exemptions are:
1. Define a hazard with no penalty but player has to proceed to play from a relatively nearby drop zone which maybe has a more challenging angle or is even 5-10 feet behind a tree.
2. Same as 1. but the drop zone is from the player's original lie which many times is the tee. Harold is thinking about using this method on hole 17 next year at USDGC.
3. Same as 1. but player takes relief from hazard by going back to the edge of the marked hazard on line with the pin. This can work well near the pin.
4. The hazard itself isn't even marked with a hazard boundary because it contains a challenging throwing area. Perhaps it's a pit, sandy, filled with pea gravel, has big rocks or logs scattered around.
Anything that forces a fixed stance or special throw has been considered inappropriate by the course designer's group and would likely be hard to get approved by the Competition Director. The Competition Director should still be apprised even if the first three items in the list above are being used as much for information purposes on what's being down out there versus just getting approval.