The leaves, so fascinating when they are on the branches, once fallen to the ground become the golfer's worst enemy. How many leave the research well before the canonical three minutes? The question is: is there a defense that is not the use of the provisional ball (advisable, but not always predictable in terms of necessity) or the extreme solution of stroke and distance, once it is established that the ball has been lost? The answer is contained (as almost always happens) in the Rules of Golf.
More precisely, in the section of the local rules (Model Local Rules, as defined by the R&A and the USGA). The Committee can decide on the application of a specific local rule to address the problem of the accumulation of leaves based on the Model Local Rule F-14: "During the game (on the whole course / on specific holes) any terrain with temporary accumulations of loose impediments (the type must be specified), in the general area or in a bunker, is treated as terrain under repair, and it can be remedy interference under rule 16.1"
The rules of golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played. They are jointly written and operated by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body of golf throughout the world, other than the United States and Mexico, which are the responsibility of the United States Golf Association.
A panel of experts made up of members of the R&A and USGA oversees and refines the rules every four years. The latest revision is effective from 1 January 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that in some cases reduce penalties to ensure balance.
The rule book, titled "Rules of Golf", is published on a regular basis and also includes rules governing amateur status. In Italy it is up to Federgolf to supervise competitions by enforcing the rules issued by the R & A, checking that these rules are observed by the Clubs, Associations and their members and manages the resulting sports justice, protecting their interests abroad.
The rules of golf are relatively complicated compared to other sports because they are applied outdoors, close to nature and animals. Respect for the rules is a basic element in the game of golf, which, almost always based on the self-control and free conscience of the players, often sees distorted results, consciously at times, but often unconsciously or out of lightness, due to non-compliance by many players of the game rules.
In addition to the rules, golf adheres to a code of conduct, known as etiquette, which generally means playing the game with due respect for the golf course and other players. Etiquette is an essential component of this sport.