If a player hits a ball out of bounds or loses a ball, the general rules still give an option to  the player to return to the spot of the previous stroke and take a one-stroke penalty - a standard stroke-and-distance scenario. For example, if a player sends a tee ball past the white stakes and out of bounds, he can play another ball from the tee, which becomes the third shot after the penalty. It's the same scenario for a lost ball.

But the ruling bodies have added the option of a local rule that provides time-saving relief in such a scenario. Instead of the player returning to the spot of the previous shot in the event of a lost ball or a ball out of bounds, the player can take a drop in the nearest spot ON the fairway (within two club-lengths of the edge of the fairway), no nearer the hole than where the ball crossed the OB line, with a two-stroke penalty. If you hit 1 off the tee and lost it OB, you can drop in the fairway 2 club lengths from edge of fairway and lying 3.

PENALTY AREAS RULE 2019

Red and Yellow Stakes



Bucks, Chester and Montgomery Counties, Traveling Golf League


OUT OF BOUNDS RULES 2019 NEW

Unplayable Lies RULE 2019

Other than Bunkers

Unplayable Lies RULE 2019

Other than Bunkers