Rule of the Month –   April 2018

Lateral Water Hazard
All of the water hazards on the Oakwood golf courses are Lateral Water Hazards.
If your ball comes to rest in a lateral water hazard there are four possible ways of proceeding with play.

#1 Replay the shot from where the ball was originally played, with a one stroke penalty.

#2 Drop a ball behind the water hazard, keeping the point at which the ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard 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. One stroke penalty.

#3 Additional options available if the ball last crossed the margin of a lateral water hazard, drop the ball outside the water hazard within two club-lengths of and not nearer the hole than the point where the original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard.

(#4) a point on the opposite margin of the water hazard equidistance from the hole. One stroke penalty.

Local rules: If a ball comes to rest in a water (lateral) hazard on a hole with a designated drop area, you may drop a ball, under penalty of one stroke, in the drop area. Holes with drop areas are Lakes 2, Lakes 3, Palms 7, Palms 8 and Sonoran 3. The drop area to the right of Palms 7 is for balls that come to rest next to the Out-of-Bounds wall behind the green and not for balls in the water.

You may always proceed according to the rules of golf rather than the local rules. On hole Lakes #2 your ball may cross the margin of the hazard and then fall into the water. In that case with a one stroke penalty you can invoke option #3 above. If the ball is dropped in an area where it won’t come to rest after two attempts, the ball should be placed.

If you have any questions or need clarification on any of the options, please Contact Joyce Schwartz, Rules Chairman.