No.3 Water & Lateral
Water Hazard Stakes
What colour stakes and/or lines define a lateral water hazard?
Answer: Red stakes and/or
Question 2: A
player's ball last crosses the margin of a water hazard at points a, b and c
above. In which of these three cases, if any, may the player take the option
of dropping their ball within two club-lengths, not nearer the hole.
Answer: The water hazard in
the photo above has not been correctly defined by the Committee, as there is
no clear indication of where the water hazard ends (yellow stakes and/or
lines) and where the lateral water hazard starts (red stakes and/or lines).
Consequently, the player should assume that the additional option of
dropping within two club-lengths of where the ball last crossed the margin
of a lateral water hazard, afforded by Rule 26-1c, is not
available (*but see the note at the end of this email).
Where a hazard changes
status, from a water hazard to a lateral water hazard, this should be
indicated by a yellow stake and red stake placed side by side. This
photo shows the hazard correctly defined.
This is the wording of Rule 26-1c relating
to the additional options that are available if a player's ball
last crossed the margin of a lateral water hazard;
"As additional options available only if the ball last
crossed the margin of a lateral water hazard, drop a ball
outside the water hazard within two club-lengths of and not
nearer the hole than (i) the point where the original ball
last crossed the margin of the water hazard or (ii) a point
on the opposite margin of the water hazard equidistant from
* In the photo above it would appear that the
player would not benefit from the additional option for a
lateral water hazard of being able to drop within two
club lengths of where the ball last crossed the margin of the
hazard. However, in stroke play situations, where the player
would like to choose this option and there is no member of the
Committee available to make a decision as to where the lateral
water hazard commences, the player should play two balls, under
Rule 3-3, announcing which ball he wants to count. At the end of
the round, he must then report the facts to the Committee and
ask them to rule which of the two balls counts under the Rules
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