Protective-Covering on Trees Integral Part of the Course. RoG, Definitions, Obstructions Point c. Temporary Local Rule. Revised 2015-01-12.
IN DEPTH: From Definitions, Obstructions"An "obstruction" is anything artificial ... ". Exception Point c: "Any construction declared by the Committee to be an integral part of the course." 
A tree may need to be protected, both from animals, insects or golf players, by winding nets, bands, wire mesh, fabric-nets etc (which are by Definitions Obstructions) round the tree trunk. As the protective covering will hardly interfere more with the players intended swing than the tree trunk itself the Committee may deny the player relief from interference with the protective covering.

Note that if the Committee grants relief, under Rule 24-2, there is no need for a Local Rule.

Suggested wording. The title and the penalty may be removed when this Rule is placed together with other Rules under a specific headline. The red-coloured sentence about ball unplayable may be removed.

Protective-Covering on Trees Integral Part of the Course
Closely attached nets/bands/wire-mesh/fabric-nets on trees on hole ... is an integral part of the course. The ball must be played as it lies or be declared unplayable, with one stroke penalty, under Rule 28.   Penalty: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.


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