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Water Hazard Rules
Water Hazard Rules to Help You Out of the Drink
By: Dan Davis, PGA Professional Thousand Hills Golf Resort
Water Hazard Rules are among the questions that I am most asked pertaining to the most common Golf Rules. In this article I will provide a checklist that should help bring you closer to a correct ruling about water hazards. Remember any rules advice should always be reinforced by a quick check of the rules book. This will also promote good practice on using the book.
♦The first factor for determining the water hazard rules that needs to be determined is whether or not the ball is actually in the water hazard. It is important to understand that if this determination is not possible then you must follow rule 27-1 which pertains to a lost ball.
♦Next we need to determine what type of water hazard you are in. There are two types of Water Hazards. A yellow stake or line will determine a Regular Water Hazard and a red stake or line will determine a Lateral Water Hazard.
Hopefully this water hazard rules refresher will help you on the (hopefully rare!) times you have to deal with water hazards. If you need some advice on how to stay out of the water hazards or some information on the most common golf rules feel free to contact Dan, a PGA Professional for clarification or lessons.