Exposed Rock. RoG, Definitions, Ground under Repair. Local Rule or Temporary Local Rule . Revised 2015-03-27.
IN DEPTH, From RoG; Definitions, Ground under Repair: "Ground under repair is any part of the course so marked by order of the Committee or so declared by its authorised representative." 
The Committee may declare exposed rocks or earth-bound stones on a closely mown area  of through the green to be ground under repair. In that case the grass surrounding the rock must be cut to fairway height or shorter otherwise the rock is not by definition on a closely mown part of through the green. When it is difficult to keep the grass sufficiently short the area which contains the rock can be declared as ground under repair and the limit of that area may be defined by blue stakes or a white spray-line.  

Note
 that on new courses there might be many earth-bound or exposed stones and in that case it is better to use the local rule for preferred lies - Click to link.

More information in "How to Marka Golf-Course" - click to link


Suggested wording. The redcoloured headline, finishing sentences and the penalty may be removed when this Rule is placed together with other local rules under a specific headline.

Exposed Rock and Embedded Stone.
Exposed rock and/or embedded stone on a closely mown area through the green on hole ... which limit is defined by a white continuous sprayline/blue stakes is ground under repair (GUR). If a players ball lies in or touches the GUR, or if it interferes with the players stance or the area of his intended swing, the player may either play the ball as it lies or take relief, without penalty, under Rule 25-1b. If it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in the GUR the player may, without penalty, take relief under Rule 25-c(i) otherwise the player must proceed under Rule 27-1.  
Penalty: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.
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