Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Green. GoRaC 3.1. RoG Appendix 1 Part B 6. Local rule/Condition of competition. Revised 2012-04-04.
In depth: From RoG Appendix 1 B 6: "Rule 24-2 provides relief, without penalty, from interference by an immovable obstruction, but it also provides that, except on the putting green, intervention on the line of play is not, of itself, interference under this Rule.
However, on some courses, the aprons of the putting greens are so closely mown that players may wish to putt from just off the green. In such conditions, immovable obstructions on the apron may interfere with the proper playing of the game and the introduction of the following Local Rule providing additional relief, without penalty, from intervention by an immovable obstruction would be warranted". 
Note: If there are sprinklers just off or on a putting green it might be a good idea to restore the putting green to its proper size before adopting this local rule.

"Note
: The Committee may restrict this Local Rule to specific holes, to balls lying only in closely mown areas, to specific obstructions, or, in the case of obstructions that are not on the putting green, to obstructions in closely mown areas if so desired. “Closely mown area” means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less."

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

Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Green 
Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction may be taken under Rule 24-2. In addition, if a ball lies through the green and an immovable obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief as follows:
The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green.
If the player’s ball lies on the putting green and an immovable obstruction within two club-lengths of the putting green intervenes on his line of putt, the player may take relief as follows:
The ball must be lifted and placed at the nearest point to where the ball lay that (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and c) is not in a hazard. The ball may be cleaned when lifted.
Exception: A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the immovable obstruction makes the stroke clearly impracticable.
Penalty: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes. 

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