The game of golf is one that is played for enjoyment. However, one of the most frustrating parts of this game is when the player is forced to take a penalty stroke after hitting the ball into a water hazard and this happens often on Myrtle Beach golf courses. When a player hits the ball into a water hazard he has many options as to what he may do. In most cases, a penalty stroke must be assessed. However, in some cases, no penalty strokes must be assessed.
When a player hits a wayward shot on a Myrtle Beach golf course the ball may land in what is known as a water hazard. There are two types of water hazards. One type is a regular water hazard, often marked with yellow paint lines; the other type is a lateral water hazard.
Regular water hazards normally take the form of ponds and lakes in front of the green or in some similar form, as you can drop behind them. When the player hits the ball and it lands in a regular water hazard, he has three options. His first option is to play the ball from where it lies in the hazard, if possible, with no penalty. The player may not ground his club in the water hazard; if he does, it constitutes a penalty. This scenario usually only occurs in shallow parts of water hazards where the ball is only partially covered by water. His second option is to go back to where he hit his previous shot and play from there, assessing a one-stroke penalty. This is not a very common option either, but may provide the player some personal advantages if he were to move back. The third and most common option for when a player hits the ball into a regular water hazard is for the player to drop behind the water hazard while assessing a one-stroke penalty. The player must drop behind the water hazard at the point where the ball crossed the regular water hazard line along the line between the hole and the spot on which the ball is to be dropped. The player may go as far back as he wants to on this line for the drop. For some regular water hazards, there a designated drop areas in which the player may drop the ball and take a one-stroke penalty after hitting it in the water hazard of a Myrtle Beach golf course.
The procedure after hitting the ball into a lateral water hazard is slightly different. Lateral water hazards are often marked with red paint lines and normally take the form of rivers and streams along the side of the fairway or rough. When playing on a course on the coast looking over the ocean, the ocean is normally played as a lateral water hazard. Lateral water hazards are distinct from regular water hazards in that you cannot drop behind them. All of the same options are available for the lateral water hazard as the regular water hazard, while adding one option. Once the player’s ball is deemed lost in the water hazard, he may drop within two club lengths of the point of entry, no nearer to the hole, while assessing a one-stroke penalty.
Knowledge of how to play water hazards is essential to speedy, efficient, and knowledgeable play at EN Golf Club or any Myrtle Beach golf course.