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What Is an Obstruction in Golf?


An “obstruction” is anything artificial, including the artificial surfaces and sides of roads and paths and manufactured ice, except:

  • Objects defining out of bounds, such as walls, fences, stakes and railings;

  • Any part of an immovable artificial object which is out of bounds; and

  • Any construction declared by the Committee to be an integral part of the course.

An obstruction is a moveable obstruction if it may be moved without unreasonable effort, without unduly delaying play and without causing damage. Otherwise, it is an immovable obstruction.

Note: The Committee may make a Local Rule declaring a moveable obstruction to be an immovable obstruction.

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