|The lucky CWDGA player is in Florida during the cold winter months in Chicago. Her ball has entered a penalty area. When she approaches the penalty area, she sees an alligator either in the penalty area or close to her ball. What are her options?|
The player may play the ball as it lies (probably not a good option) or take penalty relief under Rule 17.1b as her ball is in the penalty area. As an additional option, she is entitled to free relief under Rule 16.2b for the dangerous animal condition and may drop the ball at the nearest point of complete relief from the dangerous animal condition in the same penalty area. After taking relief in the same penalty area, the player may still take penalty relief.