Edging Grooves around Putting Green. Decision 33-8/24. Temporary Local Rule. Revised 2014-12-02.
IN DEPTH From Decision 33-8/24: "The area just outside putting greens (the perimeter or just beyond the fringes of greens) may have to be cut to prevent creeping grasses (e.g. Bermuda-grass) from encroaching. If a ball comes to rest in or on such a groove, it is impossible to play the ball with any degree of accuracy."
As the cutting of grooves is done on different parts of the course and at different times there is no need to specify on which holes the Rule is effective.
Note:  These Local Rules do not give relief from interference with the players stance.  
Note: The Committee may also choose to use one of the Local Rules for Preferred Lies - click to link.


Suggested wording when the edging grooves touch the putting green. This Rule shall always stand under its own title.

Edging Grooves around Putting Green 
If a ball lies in or on an edging groove around a putting green, or if the groove interferes with the area of the player’s intended swing, the ball may, without penalty, be lifted, cleaned and placed in the nearest position to where it lay that is not nearer the hole and avoids interference by the condition, whether on or off the green. Penalty: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.
 
In English. Suggested wording when the edging grooves do not touch the putting green. This Rule shall always stand under its own title.

Edging Grooves around Putting Green 
The grooves around the fringes of the putting greens are ground under repair. However, interference by a groove with the player’s stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under Rule 25–1. If the ball lies in or touches the groove or the groove interferes with the area of intended swing, relief is available under Rule 25– 1. Penalty: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.
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