Exposed Tree Roots Are Ground under Repair. RoG, Definitions, Ground under Repair, Rules 25-1 and 25-2; Decision 33-8/8. Temporary Local Rule. Revised 2014-12-02. 
IN DEPTH: From Decision 33-8/8, Local Rule Providing Relief from Tree Roots: "... if the exposed tree roots are encroaching on to the fairway, a Committee would be authorised to make a Local Rule providing relief under Rule 25-1 for interference from exposed tree roots when a ball lies on a closely-mown area. The Committee may restrict relief to interference for the lie of ball and the area of intended swing."  
From 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."
Rule 25-2:" “Closely mown area” means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less."

When there are exposed tree roots on any part of a “Closely mown area” the Committee may, for safety reasons, declare them to be ground under repair. The Committee may restrict the relief to interference for the lie of the ball or the area of the intended swing.
As an alternative the Committee may define the area as ground under repair or use the local rule for preferred lies on the hole or holes in question - click to link.

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

Exposed Tree Roots are Ground under Repair.
Exposed tree roots in any closely-mown area through the green on hole ... are ground under repair.
Interference with the 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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