1) Trees and roots are part of the course. It is the players decision if a ball is playable. If not playable, the ball may be moved under penalty of one stroke. There is no relief, without penalty, from trees and roots. 2) There is a reasonable expectation that a ball on the fairway will be on mowed grass. If the ball is not on mowed grass, the player has the option of moving it to the nearest mowed grass (playable lie.) This relief does not apply to the rough.
PACE OF PLAY
It is our goal and our responsibility to play at a good pace and to keep up with the group ahead. Of course, we can play no faster than the group ahead of us, but we should never allow there to be a hole open in front of us. If that is the case, we are doing something very wrong. Any group can experience a slowdown due to lost balls, rules consultation, etc., it's just part of the experience. However, if a group gets more than one shot behind the group ahead, it must take steps to close the gap. Here are some ways to do that.
Always be at your ball, club in hand and ready to hit when it's your turn. Experienced players go over the procedures with newer members, guests or those being screened.
Avoid excessive practice swings. Limit yourself to one practice swing per shot.
play ready golf. Even if you're not "away" you can hit if it's safe to
do so. No need to wait for longer hitters to go first. Just use good
judgment and manners and let your partners know what you're doing. This
works on the greens also. You're part of a team in your foursome,
Cooperate on how you will manage your round without delays. Share
Watch other's balls and help find each others balls.
Assist and instruct newer players in awareness of maintaining the pace of play.
your group is running behind, the first two to putt out should proceed
to the next tee and tee off. This saves time and gives you a good
chance to catch up with the group ahead.
If you see you're falling behind, talk to your playing partners and plan a strategy of ways to catch up.
We're all in this together. Lets have no more open holes in front of our players!