Casual Water on Putting Green. Squeegees Available. GoRaC 6.8, Decision 33/1 and 33-2d/2. Temporary Local Rule. Revised 2010-02-28.
IN DEPTH From Decision 33/1: If acorns, casual water, leaves, sand or other loose impediments accumulate on a putting green the Committee may do what is necessary to eliminate the condition e.g. use a squeegee or brush or blow the surface of the putting green. In such cases, the Committee may, when necessary, enlist the help of players to eliminate the condition. However , a player would be in breach of Rule 13-2 if he where to mop up casual water on his line of play or line of putt without the Committees permission. It is not necessary to suspend play to take these actions.

Note: The following Local Rule may be given to all players at the first tee to inform the players that squeegees are available and when and how they may be used. This Local Rule has four notes. Note 1 and Note 2 are always in effect, Note 3 and Note 4 may be included when the conditions warrants this (e.g. when there is a shortage of assistance). 

Suggested wording. Note 3 and 4 should only be used when the weather is extremly bad. This Rule shall always stand under its own headline.

Casual Water on Putting Green. Squeegees Available 
Rain is expected and squeegee operators will be posted at vulnerable greens to assist continuous play. If the ball lies on a green and the player has interference by casual water on the green the player may either:

(a) take relief, without penalty, under Rule 25-1b(iii) or
(b) have the line of putt squeegeed

Note 1: If the weather conditions deteriorate a member of the Committee may, in every particular situation, authorise a combination of (a) and (b) i.e. allow the player to take relief under Rule 25-1b(iii) and have his line of putt squeegeed.
Note 2: Such squeeging should be done across the line of putt and must extend a reasonable distance beyond the hole (i.e. at least a roller length).

Note 3:
When a players ball lies on the green the Committee may enlist the help players and their caddies in any squeegee operation or if squeegee-operators are not available the players and their caddies may on their own initiative squeegee their lines of putt if their are squeegees at the green.
Note 4: In exceptional cases a player whose ball lies off the green and has casual water on the green on his line of play which materially affects his intended stroke, may have the casual water cleared. A member of the Committee must, in every particular situation, authorise this before any squeeging takes place.   
 

Penalty
: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.
 

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