Preferred Lies in GUR
A number of players, quite reasonably, misunderstand the situation if a ball lies in GUR on a closely mown section of the course when there is a Local Rule in operation which allows the player to prefer his ball.
Some players believe that once the ball has been lifted within the GUR area, the player must take complete relief from the GUR area.
This is not necessarily so.
Preferred Lies in GUR
When a player’s ball lies in GUR and there is a Local Rule allowing the lie of the ball to be preferred, there are two Rules (both of which are optional) that allow him to lift his ball.
The player has the option of choosing which Rule (if any) he will apply first.
Similar options are available to the player in the following circumstances.
If he is taking relief from casual water within an area of GUR, he may proceed to take complete relief from the casual water in accordance with Rule 25-1b and drop the ball even though it may still be in the GUR
If he is taking relief from an embedded ball on a closely mown portion of the course within an area of GUR he may proceed in accordance with Rule 25-2, and drop the ball even though it may still be in GUR.
If he is taking relief from an immovable obstruction located within an area of GUR, he may take relief from the obstruction in accordance with Rule 24-2b, and drop the ball even though it may still be in GUR.
On each occasion the player is taking relief from the casual water, an embedded ball or from an immovable obstruction. He is NOT taking relief from GUR.
After taking relief as above, he may then decide to take relief from the GUR.
Alternatively, the player may choose to take relief from the GUR first.
He must then take complete relief from this condition (GUR) as prescribed in Rule 25-1b even though this may require him to drop where there is interference from casual water or an immovable obstruction.
He may then take relief from these conditions according to the relevant Rule.
In other words the player must take relief from one condition according to one Rule at a time.
Similarly, if there is a Local Rule in operation allowing a player to prefer the lie of his ball on the closely mown portions of the course, a player who has interference from GUR on such an area, may decide to take relief according to either the Local Rule or Rule 25-1b, one at a time in whichever order he chooses.
He may choose to prefer his lie and then consider if he will take relief from the GUR, or he may choose to take relief from the GUR and then consider if he needs to prefer his lie.
On occasions when the Committee has declared an area “GUR – Play Prohibited” the player in question should take the compulsory relief from the GUR first and then apply another relevant Rule if applicable.
However, there is nothing in the Rules to prevent a player from dropping a ball into an area defined as “GUR – Play Prohibited” and then taking the compulsory relief from the GUR.