Spray Line Markings Temporary or Permanent. GoRaCRoG, Definitions Putting Green, Ground under Repair, Obstructions, Out of Bounds, Latral Water Hazard and Water Hazard; Rule 33-2a and Decision 33-8/25. Local Rule or Condition of Competition. Revised 2015-01-15.

IN DEPTH:
 The Committee may use spray lines, temporarily or permanently, to define the limit of conditions on the course which have been marked under a specific Rule.

A. The Margin of the Course, Out of Bounds, may be defined by a white spray line. The line itself is out of bounds and the line extends vertically upwards and downwards. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies out of bounds.
When both stakes and lines are used to indicate out of bounds, the stakes identify out of bounds and the lines (which should be drawn beyond the stakes) define out of bounds. The Committee may, under Defnitions,
Out of Bounds, Note 2, in a Local Rule declare stakes identifying but not defining out of bounds to be movable obstructions.
More information about out of bounds defined by fences, stakes, walls, or by other means - click to link.


B. The Margin of a Water Hazard or a Lateral Water Hazard may be defined by a yellow (water hazard) or  a red (lateral water hazard) spray line. The line should be drawn beyond the stakes. The line itself is in the hazard and the margin of the hazard extends vertically upwards and downwards. A ball is in a waterhazard/lateral water hazard when it lies in or any part of it toches the hazard -click for photo.
When both stakes and lines are used to indicate a water hazard, the stakes identify the hazard and the lines define hazard margin.
Note that if the margin of a water hazard is unmarked (no stakes and lines) the margin of the hazard follows the line where the ground breaks towards the hazard. Note also that if a spray line for a water-/lateral water hazard or ground under repair has been flooded - click for photo - the Committee may either use Decision 25/2 (Overflow from water hazard which is deemed to be casual water) or define and spray a new boundary for the hazard or ground under repair. The following Local Rule or Condition of Competition, which shall be placed under the heading of Rules 25 or 26, may be used: 
"The spray line closest to through the green on hole ... defines the limit of ... "

C. The Margin of Ground under Repair (GUR) may be defined by a white spray line which encircles the ground under repair. The line itself is in ground under repair and the margin of ground under repair extends vertically downwards but not upwards. Ground under repair adjacent to artificially-surfaced roads see Decision 33-8/25 - click to link. A ball is in ground under repair when it lies in ground under repair or any part of it touches the line. 
The Committee may, under Definitions, Ground under Repair, Note, prohibit play from ground under repair. Such an area may be defined by a white spray-line supplemented by one or several blue-whita stakes within the area - click to link

D. The Margin of Artificial Surfaces and Sides of Roads or other Obstructions
may, when they have indistict endings, extensions or when other obstructions (e.g. a gully lid, sleepers et.c.) are adjacent to the obstruction, be defined by a white open spray line. Ground under repair adjacent to artificially-surfaced roads see Decision 33-8/25 - click to link. The margin of an obstruction extends verically downwards and upwards The line itself is a part of the obstruction.
 A ball is in the obstruction when it lies in the obstruction or when any part of it touches the obstruction.

E. The Margin of a Fairway may, when the Committee uses the local Rule "Preferred Lies" on any part of a "closly mown area" (Definition in RoG Rule 25-2), be defined by a white spray line. The margin of the "fairway" extends vertically downwards but not upwards. The line itself is on the "fairway"A ball is on the "fairway" if it lies on the "fairway" or any part of it touches the line.
Note that the local Rule "Preferred Lies" ought to be supplemented with information about the spray line - click to link.

F. The Margin of a Putting Green
may, when the Committee uses a provisional green - click to link- or when the boundary between a putting green and the fringe of the green (fairway) is indistinct, be defined by a white spray line. The margin of the green extends vertically downwards but not upwards.
The line itself is on the putting green. A ball is on the green when it lies on the green or any part of it toches the line.

G. The Margin of a Bunker may, when indistinct, be defined by a white spray line and, when neccesary, a supplementing spray line for a water hazard (a red or yellow line). The margin of a bunker extends vertically downwards but not upwards. The line itself is in the bunker. A ball is in the bunker when it lies in the bunker or any part of it touches the line.

H. The Margin of a Dropping-Zone may be defined by a white spray line around the dropping-zone and with the letters DZ sprayed within the zone. The margin of a dropping-zone extends vertically downwards. The line itself is part of the dropping-zone.  

I. Spray Lines which Are Superfluous, e.g. when the Committee has to enlarge an area of ground under repair, remove an old spray-line or when there are parallell spray lines, may be x-outed. 


Note that the Committee may use any part of the decription below. In that case it might be advisable to add the relevent words from above (in black) e.g.: White spray line along the "fairway" defines the limit of the "fairway". A ball is on the "fairway" if it lies on the "fairway" or any part of it touches the line.

Suggested wording. This Rule shall always stand under its own headline.


Spray Line Markings, Temporary or Permanent

 

Spray Line Markings, Temporary or Permanent, Significance

Rules Reference in the Rules of Golf 2012-2015.

White spray line along out of bounds defines the margin of out of bounds.

Rule 27

Yellow spray line along a water hazard defines the margin of the water hazard.

Rule 26

Red spray line along a lateral water hazard defines the margin of the lateral water hazard.

Rule 26

White spray line which encircles an area defines the margin of ground under repair (GUR).

Rule 25

White spray line which encircles an area with one or several blue-white stakes defines the margin of ground under repair (GUR) play prohibited.  Rule 25 

White spray line along a road or other obstructions defines the margin of the obstruction.

Rule 24-2

White spray line along a green defines the margin of the green.

Def. Green

White spray line along a "fairway" defines the margin of the "fairway".

Rule 25-2

White spray line along a bunker defines the margin of the bunker.

Rule 13-4

White spray line which encircles a dropping zone (DZ) defines the margin of the dropping zone.

RoG Appendix 1 Part B 8

X-out spray line is not valid.

 

 

 

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