1. When we have placing in the General Area as we do at the moment, mark the position of the ball – this is not compulsory but best practice – clean it and place it within 6 inches, no nearer the hole. You may place it only once.
2. The General Area is all areas of the course EXCEPT all Penalty Areas, Bunkers and the Green and Tee of the hole being played. This means that you cannot place the ball inside a penalty area even is it on grass inside the stakes. Play the ball as it lies or take penalty relief. You have no free relief for an embedded or plugged ball inside a penalty area.
3. The bunkers are now out of play so are treated as areas of GUR. Drop a ball within one club length of the nearest point of complete relief, no nearer the hole.
4. When taking free relief from temporary water on the course, leave the ball where it is or mark its position as you decide where to drop so that you have a reference point while you try to find the nearest point of complete relief, no nearer the hole that is dry, then drop the ball within one club length of this point.