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Nearest Point of Relief Bunkers Water Hazards Lateral Hazards Relief Situations Casual Water Stakes and Boundry Fences Ball at Rest Moved Provisional Ball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Lateral Water Hazards

 

This Rule Explains Your Options If You Hit Your Ball Into A Lateral Water Hazard usually marked by RED stakes

We have all been in them at one time or another but do you know your options when you require relief. Below are some examples you may find yourself in.   

                                        

 

OK Lets say you have sliced your tee shot and ended up in the hazard on the right. The first thing you need to know is the point the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard, for this exercise that point is marked with an "X"Check out fig 1. You have five options. 

Option 1: (No Penalty) If you think the ball is playable you can try and get it out, but make sure you don't ground your club while you are in the hazard or that will be a 2 shot penalty.

Option 2: (Under a Penalty of 1 Stroke) You can play a ball as nearly as possible from where the original ball was played "A", in this case since the original ball was played from the tee you are allowed to re-tee the ball if you choose this option.

Option 3: (Under a Penalty of 1 Stroke) You may drop a ball outside the lateral water hazard "B" within 2 club-lenghts of and not nearer the hole than the point were the original ball last crossed the hazard"X"

Option 4: (Under a Penalty of 1 Stroke) You may drop a ball outside the lateral water hazard at a point "D" on the opposite margin of the lateral water hazard equidistant from the hole from point "X"

Option 5: (Under a Penalty of 1 Stroke) You may drop a ball behind the lateral water hazard "C", keeping the point at which the ball lasted crossed the margin of the water hazard "X", directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind the water hazard the ball may be dropped.

Figure 2 shows your options if you hook you tee shot and enter the hazard at point "X"                                        

Again with no penalty you may choose to play the ball if it is playable.

Again you can drop the ball under a penalty of 1 stroke at point "B", but before you choose this option look at the other options open to you. I have seen so many players walk straight up to point "X" and drop a ball, go and get a club then look to see where they are going to hit the shot. Apart from the severe slope down to the hazard the large clump of reeds often block a path back up to the fairway. Use the rules to your advantage, in this case it may well be the best option to drop the ball under a penalty of 1 stroke at point "C". Lets face it from point "B" only a few members can get anywhere near the green, so if you opt for option "C" you can get a good flat lie on the fairway and only lose a few meters.

Again you can go back to the tee under a penalty of 1 stroke, but this would not be a wise option in this case.

The other option of going to the opposite margin of the hazard is not an option here as the other fairway is classed as out of bounds while playing the hole. 

Figure 3 shows your options if you drive your ball into the hazard without going over any land.

                                        

Option 1: Under a penalty of 1 stroke you may tee a ball back up and hit it from the teeing area "A"

tion 2: Under a penalty of 1 stroke you may drop a ball at point "B". Under this option you would pick up a few yards but option 1 would still be the best option as you can tee the ball back up with option 1.

Option 3: This is the last option you have with this example, you can drop a ball at point "C" were the original ball last crossed the hazard. This may seem like a stupid option to give you given that you would be dropping on a severe downslope, but again the number of times I have seen people dropping it here is astounding. More often than not they drop it here because they know no better.

Use the rules to your advantage, sometimes it is difficult to regain your composure after hitting it in the water, but if you know your options and think about all of them before you drop your ball it could be the difference between a bogey and a triple.

 

 

 

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