I have an issue with the 'Player's Edition' in that it is far too incomplete.
For example, I had a situation yesterday where a player's ball had come to rest in an open drain only a foot or so from the end of a concrete pipe. The pipe goes under a path to a dam on the other side, said dam being staked and contained water. The area where the player's ball came to rest was bone dry and no stakes. He wanted a free drop from "course works". I assured him that it was a PA, formerly a WH. He played it as it lay, under objection, particularly as the other 3 of us parred the hole but he scored a 5.
The usual protestations from the other players about no stakes, the hazard was the other side of the path, etc.
I later checked the Player's Edition for definition of a PA and it did not contain any mention of "any body of water ... whether or not marked ... even if not containing water" which was in the previous rules and is still in the full Rules of Golf book. The Player's Edition goes on about yellow and red areas and the marking thereof with the only suggestion toward the above being that if the colour of the area is not marked then it is a red area. That implies that it would still be marked.
I can understand players referring to the PE and drawing their own erroneous conclusions.
I have noticed a number of rules which have been so abbreviated in the PE that much of the relevant detail has been omitted with just a footnote reference to the full rules book.
I suppose the PE is better than nothing, but not much better. I'm concerned that players will take the PE as being all there is.
Edited by OldBogey, 01 March 2019 - 01:24 PM.