Bunker Filled with Casual Water Relief without Penalty. Decision 33-8/27. Temporary Local Rule. Revised 2014-11-30.
IN DEPTH: From Decision 33-8/27: "The Committee may not make a Local Rule providing generally that flooded bunkers are ground under repair through the green, as such a Local Rule waives a penalty imposed by the Rules of Golf, contrary to Rule 33-8b.
However, in exceptional circumstances, where certain specific bunkers are completely flooded and there is no reasonable likelihood of the bunkers drying up during the round, the Committee may introduce a Local Rule providing relief without penalty from specific bunkers. Prior to introducing such a Local Rule, the Committee must be convinced that such exceptional circumstances exist and that providing relief without penalty from specific bunkers is more appropriate than simply applying Rule 25-1b(ii).
In a competition played over more than one round such a Local Rule may be introduced or rescinded between rounds."

Note that completely flooded bunkers may be identified by either a white, surrounding spray-line and/or with one or several blue stakes in the bunkers

In English. Suggested wording. This Rule shall always stand under its own headline.

Bunker Filled with Casual Water Relief without Penalty
The flooded bunker on hole ... identified by ... is ground under repair. If a player’s ball is in or touches the bunker or if the bunker interferes with the player’s stance or the area of the players intended swing and the player wishes to take relief, the player can take relief outside the bunker, without penalty, in accordance with Rule 25-1b(i). All other bunkers on the course, regardless of whether they contain water, maintain their status as hazards and the Rules apply accordingly. Penalty: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.
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