Rules FAQ


Rule 13-4

Raking Bunker After Stroke - Ball Still in Bunker

Q.  A player`s ball is in a bunker (at Point A) that runs approximately 20 yards along the left side of the fairway. He plays a stroke and the ball advances about 10 yards towards the hole and remains in the bunker (at Point B).

May he rake the bunker at Point A before playing his stroke at Point B?

A.  Yes, the player may smooth the bunker at Point A as doing so would not improve the lie of his ball, his line of play, or his area of intended stance or swing for his next stroke (at Point B) -- Exception 2 to Rule 13-4 and Decision 13-4/36.

Note: This FAQ has been updated to reflect the 2012 Rules of Golf.


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