Golf Saskatchewan Rule of the Week
A practical joker removes the flagstick from the hole and sticks it into the putting green some distance from the hole. The players approaching the green are unaware of this action and they play towards the flagstick and not the hole. Do the players have the option to replay?
No. In equity (Rule 1-4), the players must
accept the resultant advantage or disadvantage.
While this does appear to be unfair, cruel or unusual punishment, as amateur golf goes, there will be someone in your group who has a twofoot birdie putt. Enjoy the start to the year and play by the rules .... if possible.
Happy golfing and remember the Rules of Golf Matter.