Loose impediment Rules of Golf: "Loose Impediments
“Loose impediments’’ are natural objects, including:
stones, leaves, twigs, branches and the like,
worms, insects and the like, and the casts and heaps made by them,
provided they are not:
fixed or growing,
solidly embedded, or
adhering to the ball.
Sand and loose soil are loose impediments on the putting green, but not elsewhere.
Can you imagine solidly imbedded DUNG??!
And how do you deal with loose impediments?
Rules of Golf:
Except when both the loose impediment and the ball lie in or touch the samehazard, any loose impediment may be removed without penalty.
If the ball lies anywhere other than on the putting green and the removal of aloose impediment by the player causes the ball to move, Rule 18-2a applies.
On the putting green, if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved in the process of the player removing a loose impediment, the ball or ball-marker must be replaced. There is no penalty, provided the movement of the ball or ball-marker is directly attributable to the removal of the loose impediment. Otherwise, if the player causes the ball to move, he incurs a penalty of one stroke under Rule 18-2a.