Originally Posted by cgkdisc
Casual relief rule allows the TD to specify objects other than those listed for casual relief such as cactus or poison ivy without a PDGA waiver. The amount of free relief can be extended beyond 5m by the TD. Usually this is done when the casual area is either larger than 5m or a decent width waterway runs parallel to the fairway such that the line of play can sometimes remain in the water for longer than 5m due to the LOP angles. Extended relief doesn't mean the player can go indefinitely back with no penalty, but just to the edge of the casual area. The player needs to take the Optional Relief penalty 803.05C to go back farther if desired.
I typed for 15 minutes to respond why this didn't apply to the situation, but being an idiot i forgot to copy it first knowing that if you type for more than 30 seconds, you get logged out and therefore lose everything - I'l try again tomorrow when I reassmble my desk.