Red and Yellow Stakes
Stakes within a water hazard are considered immovable obstructions.
Players are not entitled to free relief if stakes within a hazard render a ball unplayable, according to Note 1 of Rule 24-2b.
Free relief is available under Rule 24 if both the ball and the stakes are outside of a water hazard.
Can you play out of a yellow hazard?
If the ball is in a hazard marked with yellow stakes you have several options. You can play the ball out of the hazard if possible, which should be considered but remember that in most cases it is best to drop the ball under a penalty of one stroke unless you have a high percentage shot out of the hazard.
How do you drop from a yellow hazard?
When a golfer hits their ball in a yellow-stake water hazard, the golfer has two options to drop the ball, take relief and incur a one-stroke penalty: Drop the ball behind the water hazard, keeping the point where the original shot went in the water hazard between where the golfer drops and the hole.
What happens if you hit a golf ball into a water hazard?
If the player can drop the ball meeting the conditions of this last option, it may be dropped on the putting green side of the water hazard. Under Rule 26-1, Levet incurs a one-stroke penalty and is permitted to drop a ball outside the hazard within two club-lengths of where the ball originally crossed the margin.
What does a yellow hazard mean in golf?
Yellow Stakes and Lines Might Become Less-Common
A red penalty area gives golfers an additional option for relief: lateral relief. That means dropping to the side of the penalty area, if such an option exists on the golf course.