Drains. RoG, Definitions, Ground under Repair and Rule 25. Temporary Local Rule. Revised 2014-11-30.
IN DEPTH: Temporary drains (French Drains) may be filled with gravel, sand or small stones. It can take months for such drains to be covered with grass. The Committee may, under Definitions, Ground under repair, declare such drains as ground under repair. The player may then, without penalty under Rule 25-1, take relief when his ball is in or touches the condition or when the condition interferes with his stance or the area of his intended swing.
Gravel or stones covering a drain are, by Definitions and Decision 23/14, loose impediments. 
Gullies or lids  in a drain are obstructions. Rule 24 applies.

Note: The Committee may restrict relief from the drain to closely mown areas through the green ("Fairway" - see Rule 25-2). The Committee may also, for example when the damage caused by the drains have started to heal over, deem that interference by a drain with a players stance is not, of itself, interference under this Rule.  

Suggested wording. The Committe may deem that interference by a drain with a players stance is not, of itself, interference under this Rule. The title, the rules reference and the penalty may be removed when this Rule shall be placed together with other Local Rules under a specific headline. 

Drains
Drains covered by ... on hole/through the green/on a closely mown area through the green is ground under repair. Rule 25-1 appliesInterference by the drains with a players stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under this Rule. Penalty: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.

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