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Is there a rule of golf that would allow a golfer to fix it?
In a saturated condition such as this, it is a water bubble. The roots have separated from the mix.A screwdriver hole or two and pressure will force the water out. The turf can be tamped back in place. The roots will contact the mix and recover.Peter, It may not be a water bubble, rather an air bubble.It's difficult for water to defy gravity.I've come across a good number of them.A quick hit with a blade putter usually bursts the bubble and lets the turf return to it's normal position.As to relief, one look at the photo tells you the answer to that question.
This looks like a smaller replica of the pimple that Pat wants restored at PV's 18th. I like it.Will,What I like about this mound, or any similar feature in a green, is that it divides the green.If not visually, it presents a physical tactical challenge on the approach, recovery and putting that are all connected.Fail to execute your approach properly, and you increase the degree of difficulty on your next shot, be that a recovery or a putt.Fail to execute your recovery properly, and you increase the degree of difficulty on your putt.It's a wonderful feature that adds exponentially to the challenge of the hole.Hitting to the 18th green at PV is only made challenging by one factor........... distance.It's a huge saucer like green that self-corrects misplayed or mishit shots.Returning the mound, as Crump conceived, designed and built the 18th green would dramatically improve the challenge and fun factor on the 18th hole.