Is Hitting Golf Balls Into A Lake Illegal?

Is it illegal to hit golf balls into a river?

The DEC says hitting golf balls into a Lake or River is illegal and you can be ticketed.

Golfers tend to take out old golf balls they’d never use anymore and whack them into the water.

Is hitting golf balls into the ocean illegal?

Hitting golf balls into the ocean from the shoreline fronting the refuge is not allowed, and is considered littering.

Are golf balls toxic in water?

The Toxicity of Golf Balls

When golf balls are hit into the ocean, they immediately sink to the bottom. No ill effects on local wildlife have been documented to date from exposure to golf balls. But as the balls degrade and fragment at sea, they may leach chemicals and microplastics into the water or sediments.

What happens to golf balls in water?

After just twelve hours in the water, the outermost layer of the golf ball allows water to enter into the ball. But if golf balls sit in the water for longer periods of time, permanent damage will be result. While invisible from the outside, this damage will clearly affect the driving distance off of the tee.