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What To Do When You Lose Your Ball in The Water

This month we look at Hurstville’s 4th Hole. A challenging Par 3 which requires a well-struck tee shot to carry the dam to an elevated green protected by large gums is one of our most picturesque holes on the course.

Occasionally our tee shot doesn’t go to plan and we end up losing our ball into the water. When this occurs, we need to follow the correct procedure to ensure we are playing within the rules of the game. Below we explain your options for different results when you have to take a drop.

Scenario 1:

Your tee shot enters the hazard and never crosses over the boundary of the hazard (blue lines)

Option 1 – Drop another ball on the drop zone mats (blue box) located at the back of the ladies tee (halfway around pathway on left). Ball must be drop onto mat from knee height (no preferred lie) and 1 stroke penalty must be taken (next shot will be your 3rd stroke)

Option 2 – Play from the tee. Tee up again from where you hit your first ball. Again a 1 stroke penalty must be taken (you’ll be playing your 3rd shot)

Scenario 2:

Your tee shot crosses over the other side of the hazard and comes back into the hazard (yellow line)

Option 1 – Drop another ball on the drop zone mat (yellow box) located over the dam towards the end of the pathway. Ball must be drop onto mat from knee height (no preferred lie) and 1 stroke penalty must be taken (next shot will be your 3rd stroke)

Option 2 – Play from the tee. Tee up again from where you hit your first ball. Again a 1 stroke penalty must be taken (you’ll be playing your 3rd shot)

IMPORTANT NOTES – you are not permitted to play a provisional ball when a shot goes into a hazard.

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