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The GrunkleGuru

Grunkle is a slang term for the thick rough on a golf course that I have been using for many years. Given my penchant for inaccurate tee balls, I have become a bit of a guru out of the thick stuff, hence the name. This is a site for my random thoughts about sports (espeically golf) and life in general. While nothing special, it will hopefully offer a break from the daily drudgery for both you and me.

November 08, 2005

Rule of the Week - Can You Hold The Door Please?

Here’s the scenario…

Standing in the middle of the fairway on the 18th hole, our hero, The Grunkle Guru has 210 yards into the green on this par 5. Figuring eagle will lock up the victory he grabs his trusty 4-iron and skulls the ever-living snot out of it. As it screams past the green the crowd groans as they hear a loud crash.

“That can’t be good.” The Guru thought to himself as he trudged up the 18th hole.

Upon finding his ball he realizes that he has a perfect lie, but there is one problem. His ball lies on the carpet of the pro shop. The Guru pauses and surveys the scene. There are no out of bounds stakes between the green and the clubhouse, and according the to rules, the pro shop had not been declared an integral part of the golf course. Realizing that he is within his rights to play the shot as it lies he opens the window facing the green and proceeds to chip out and make the birdie putt.

Did the Guru break the rules?

While the head pro most certainly did not like the concept of taking a divot out of his carpet, this was a legal course of action. Since the pro shop was not declared an integral part of the course, it must be considered an immovable obstruction. In this situation, any part that is designed to be movable (i.e. a window) can be done as long as it is without undue delay.

If you know the rules you too can have a chance to try interesting shots such as these.


At 1:10 PM, Blogger Patrick Eakes said...

But did the Guru make eagle?

At 3:37 PM, Blogger The Grunkle Guru said...

Nope, but he did get up and down for birdie.


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