A ” water hazard ” is any sea, lake, pond, river, ditch, surface drainage ditch or other open water course (whether or not containing water ) and anything of a similar nature on the course. All ground and water within the margin of a water hazard are part of the water hazard .
PART 2 – REGULAR OPTIONS When your ball goes in a “REGULAR” water hazard, for a penalty of one stroke you can DROP a ball BEHIND the hazard anywhere on a straight line drawn from the hole through the spot where your ball crossed over the hazard’s yellow margin as it went in.
When a golfer hits their ball in a red-stake lateral water hazard , the golfer has two options to drop the ball, take relief and incur a one-stroke penalty: Drop the ball within two clublengths of where the ball last crossed the margin (boundary) of the hazard , making sure the ball is no closer to the hole.
Red and Yellow Stakes When stakes are used to designate water hazards , yellow stakes must be employed for standard hazards , while red stakes must be used for lateral water hazards , according to the Rules of Golf . Free relief is available under Rule 24 if both the ball and the stakes are outside of a water hazard .
Drop a ball outside the margin of the lateral water hazard within two club-lengths, but not nearer the hole than the point where the original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard .
A ball landing in the water is a sad sight for any golfer . A player doing so frequently plays a second ball from the location of the original shot , or takes a drop out of the water hazard pursuant to Rule 26 of the standard Rules of Golf , incurring a 1-stroke penalty in either case.
Instead of the player returning to the spot of the previous shot in the event of a lost ball or a ball out of bounds, the player can take a drop in the nearest spot of the fairway (within two club-lengths of the edge of the fairway), no nearer the hole than where the ball crossed the OB line, with a two – stroke penalty .
A golfer can be penalized two strokes if he interferes with another player’s shot by hitting the ball or causing something else, such as a club or bag, to hit the ball.
The penalty stroke assessed is not the stroke made on the new ball; it is counted in addition to any and all swings made at the ball. For instance, hitting a ball into a water hazard, dropping a new ball at the position from which you hit the last one, then hitting the new ball counts as three strokes , not two .
The distinction between a water hazard and a lateral water hazard is that if a player’s ball last crosses the margin of a normal water hazard it will be possible for the player to take relief by dropping a ball behind the hazard keeping the point at which the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard between the hole
Not to be a downer, Two Down, but if a penalty area isn’t properly marked , you use its natural margins. You thus can’t claim, for example, that your ball is in temporary water because it is outside of an imaginary line between two adjacent stakes — you’re still in the penalty area, down and quite possibly out.
Golfers can now touch the ground with their club in a hazard and can move loose impediments in a hazard without penalty. They can also move loose impediments in bunkers and will not be penalised for generally grounding their club away from their ball.
The first stroke, usually a pitch, a bunker shot or a chip , gets the ball ‘up’ onto the green, and the subsequent putt gets the ball ‘down’ into the hole. A variation is called “up and in”. [W] Wedge A type of golf club; a subset of iron designed for short range strokes.
The red stakes on a golf course indicate a lateral water hazard. A lateral water hazard is different from a normal water hazard for it is lateral or it runs alongside the line of play. Simply put, a normal water hazard runs across the line of play while the lateral water hazard runs adjacent to the line of play.
Assuming you can’t play the ball from where you found it, each option from a water hazard comes with a one stroke penalty . In both red and yellow hazards , you also have the option to go back to the point where you played your last shot, and play from there.