What is Golf Rule 197?

Golf rule 197 explains that if a golfer is in a bunker, he or she is allowed to take relief from the bunker outside of the bunker, or set up a more favorable yardage for his or her next shot. In a stroke-play competition, this rule allows a golfer to continue playing. In an attempt to avoid frustration, however, a golfer may choose to declare a bunker lie unplayable and take a one-stroke penalty.

Taking relief outside of a bunker

Golf rule 197 allows for a penalty stroke when a player decides to take relief outside of a bunker. There is one exception to this rule, however: the ball must come to rest on the line of reference. The reference point must be a point a club-length away from the ball. This rule does not apply if the ball comes to rest on the line of reference near the hole.

A golfer is allowed to take relief outside of a bunker if they are in the water, but they must take the maximum amount of relief inside the bunker. That could mean dropping their feet in the water, or simply removing the ball from the water. However, if they are unable to do either, they must drop the ball outside of the bunker. A penalty is assessed if the ball is dropped outside the bunker.

To take relief outside of a bunker, the player must first determine the distance to the nearest point of complete relief. In most cases, a player cannot take relief outside of a bunker if the ball is in grass. Instead, the ball must be in the general area and within one club-length of the hole. A golf rule 197 video will explain how to take relief outside of a bunker.

Unplayable ball

If you are playing golf and have a ball that you are not able to play, you can take relief under the Unplayable Ball rule. The unplayable ball rule applies to any golf course on the grounds that the ball is unable to be played. However, it does not apply to penalty areas. You must make a determination for your own good. You can proceed in various ways after you have declared the ball unplayable.

The first option is to return to the location of your last stroke. You may do this by dropping back one club length away from the spot where you hit the ball. Alternatively, you can also move back one club-length further on the line. If the ball is beyond two club lengths, you can use a lateral relief, but each time you take it you will incur a penalty stroke. Therefore, you should use this option only when you are sure that the ball will not move.

Provisional ball

If you have made a bad shot, and cannot find your original ball, you are entitled to play a provisional ball. You can do this up until the point where the lost ball was most likely to be. Then, if you wish to play the provisional ball again, you must play the same ball from the same distance as the first one. You may play this ball multiple times if you want, but you cannot exceed five attempts to find your original ball.

Golf rule 197 stipulates that a player can play a provisional ball after a missed shot. The provisional ball must be played from a spot closer to the hole than the original one. When the player realizes what happened, he or she may substitute another ball. Otherwise, he or she must play the original ball as it lies and take penalty relief. This rule is applicable in many situations.

The provisional ball becomes the ball in play when the original one is lost in a water hazard or out of bounds. In addition, a provisional ball is also in play if a penalty or a stroke was incurred because the original ball was lost. A provisional ball is not an actual ball, but a backup one. In golf rule 197, a provisional ball is the ball that remains in play until the original is found.

Disqualification for not holeing out

A player may not receive a disqualification for not holeing out under golf rules if they were unaware of a specific rule. In other words, if he or she played from the wrong place, he or she may not be disqualified. The relevant penalty under Rule 6-6d is a stroke, not a hole. The player is also responsible for the actions of the other competitors in the hole.

If the player is able to hole out within a club length of the hole, he or she may opt to ignore the Rule. However, this decision must be made before the start of the round and must be reversed if another player learns of the agreement on the first putting green. The player must then complete the hole by taking two or three extra strokes based on the position of the ball and the difficulty of the green.


The rules of golf specify that loose objects are not considered impediments and may be removed during a play. Examples of loose impediments are trees, shrubs, grasses, and stones. They are also excluded from this category if they are growing. A loose impediment is also anything that is loose but solidly embedded in the ground. In addition to loose objects, an impediment may be either an unreplaced divot or a tee.

If the loose impediment is in a hazard, it may be removed by the golfer without penalty. In stroke play, this action would result in two strokes, while in match play it would result in a hole penalty. However, there are other situations where a player can remove loose impediments without penalty. This is permitted on putting greens. However, if the loose impediment is located on a golf course, the player must be careful not to move the ball.

Loose impediments are defined as anything that is unattached to the ground. Loose impediments can also deflect the ball. A player must take care to avoid contacting a loose impediment while playing a golf game. It is also possible for a loose impediment to move the ball and cause it to incur a penalty. A player must replace the ball if it moves after being removed.