Rules FAQ

Rule 28

Explanation of Two Club-Length Option

Q. Larry’s ball is under a bush. He decides to declare the ball unplayable and elects option c under Rule 28. Must Larry drop the ball within two club-lengths of where the ball lies, or within two club-lengths of the edge of the bush?

A. Larry must drop the ball within two club-lengths of where the ball lies, no closer to the hole. Please refer to Rule 28.

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