Guidance on Running a Competition

Stones in Bunkers

Stones in bunkers are, by Definition, loose impediments and, when a player’s ball is in a hazard, a stone lying in or touching the hazard must not be touched or moved (Rule 13-4). However, stones in bunkers may represent a danger to players (a player could be injured by a stone struck by the player’s club in an attempt to play the ball) and they may interfere with the proper playing of the game.

When permission to lift a stone in a bunker is warranted, the recommended Local Rule in Appendix 1, Part B of the Rules of Golf should be implemented.