Relief from Electrified Fence which Defines Out of Bounds GoRaC 3.2; Decision 33-2a/15 och 33-2a/16. Local rule. Revised 2014-11-03.
IN DEPTH: From GoRaC Chapter 3 Section 2: DEPTH: "It is not permissible to introduce a Local Rule providing relief from a boundary fence even if the Committee’s reasons for doing so are to protect the fence from any damage. However, where the boundary fence is an electric fence, a Local Rule providing relief for a ball lying within a certain distance (e.g. two club-lengths) of the boundary fence is permitted. In these circumstances to ensure the safety of the player, the player can measure the two club-lengths from the fence and an additional club-length in which to drop the ball no nearer the hole." 

The Committee may, in a local rule, provide relief, without penalty, from an electrified fence which defines out of bounds. Note that without a local rule a player whose ball is on the course, except in a water hazard, may not obtain relief from a fence or a wall that defines out of bounds (see Definitions, Out of Bounds and Decision 24/4).   

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Relief from Electrified Fence which Defines Out of Bounds
The electrified fence on hole ... defines the limit of out of bounds. A player whose ball is through the green and lies on or within ... club lengths from the fence may, without penalty, take relief and drop a ball within one club length from the nearest point which is more than two club lengths from the fence but not nearer the hole. When dropping the dropped ball must first strike a part of the course within one club length from the established point. The dropped ball is in play if it comes to rest within two club-lengths of the spot where it first struck a part of the course but not of it comes to rest nearer the hole ​than the established point. Dropping and re-dropping see Rule 20-2 and Appendix 1 Part B 8 Note. Penalty: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.

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