A golf ball is deemed “lost” after a player declares it lost.
This can occur immediately after a played golf shot if a player is virtually certain the ball can not be found, or it can occur automatically after allowing the player and/or the player’s caddie to search for the ball for no longer than 5 minutes.
What is the penalty for a lost ball in golf?
Rules of Golf – Lost Ball and Out of Bounds. When you have lost your ball, or hit a shot out of bounds, which is marked by white stakes or lines, the penalty is one stroke and distance. What this means is that you incur a one-stroke penalty and need to go back to the point from where you hit your last shot.
Can you deem a ball lost in golf?
A player cannot render a ball lost by a declaration — see Definition of ‘Lost Ball’. Once you have made a stroke at another ball, under penalty of stroke and distance, it does not matter if your original ball is then found, as it is no longer the ball in play.
Is a lost ball a 2 stroke penalty?
Yes, that means that a lost ball is a stroke and distance penalty. Now, to help keep the pace of play, if you think that your ball may be lost or out of bounds, you as a player are entitled under Rule 27-2-a to play a provisional ball.
How long can you look for a lost golf ball?
Under the Rules of Golf, you have three minutes to search for a golf ball. If you don’t find it within three minutes after beginning your search, the ball is deemed lost. The three-minute time limit is new. Prior to Jan. 1, 2019, golfers had five minutes to conduct a search for a potentially lost golf ball.