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.
Oops, you hit your golf ball into an area marked by yellow stakes or yellow lines. That means your ball is inside a yellow penalty area. The first of those is to go back to the place from which you played the original stroke and drop a ball into a one-club-length relief area no nearer the hole.
When a golfer hits their ball in a yellow – stake water hazard, the golfer has two options to drop the ball, take relief and incur a one-stroke penalty: Drop the ball behind the water hazard, keeping the point where the original shot went in the water hazard between where the golfer drops and the hole.
Blue Stakes with Green Tops: Under a local rule, designates an ESA being treated as ground under repair with mandatory relief. Red Stakes with Green Tops: Under a local rule, designates an ESA being treated as a lateral water hazard with mandatory relief.
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.
If the ball is in a hazard marked with yellow stakes you have several options. You can play the ball out of the hazard if possible, which should be considered but remember that in most cases it is best to drop the ball under a penalty of one stroke unless you have a high percentage shot out of the hazard.
Water Hazard Yellow stakes define water hazards on the golf course. If you hit the ball into a water hazard and can’t play the ball, you must take a one- stroke penalty before dropping. You can drop from the spot you last hit from, or you can drop behind the water hazard.
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.
Lateral Water Hazard – “A lateral water hazard is a water hazard or that part of a water hazard so situated that it is not possible, or is deemed by the Committee to be impracticable, to drop a ball behind the hazard in accordance with Rule 26-1b.”
A water hazard is marked in yellow, lateral in red. If you aren’t going to attempt to play from the hazard — and unless you have a clean shot, we advise you don’t — you are facing a one-shot penalty. Like with yellow stakes, you have to identify where the ball crossed into the hazard .
A ” lateral water hazard ” is a water hazard or part of a water hazard that runs alongside to or parallel to the golf hole. Or, as the Rules of Golf puts it, a lateral water hazard is one “so situated that it is not possible, or is deemed impracticable, to drop a ball behind” it.
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 .
Generally, a red disk denotes 100 yards to the center of the green, white 150 yards and blue 200 yards. Many courses also mark sprinkler heads with the distance to the center of the green as well.