When stakes are used to designate water hazards, yellow stakes must be employed for standard hazards, while red stakes must be used for lateral water hazards, according to the Rules of Golf.
Free relief is available under Rule 24 if both the ball and the stakes are outside of a water hazard.
What does a yellow stake mean in golf?
Oops, you hit your golf ball into an area marked by yellow stakes or yellow lines. That means your ball is inside a yellow penalty area. And that most likely means you’ll be applying a penalty stroke and taking relief. That means dropping the ball outside of the area marked by yellow stakes/yellow lines.2 Jun 2019
What do red stakes mean in golf?
Red stakes pounded into the ground on a golf course or red lines painted on the ground are the markers used to indicate a lateral water hazard. If a golfer hits into such a water hazard, it’s no problem to take a drop behind the spot where his ball entered the hazard.24 May 2019
What do the different colored stakes mean in golf?
Crossing the line could cost you strokes. We’re talking about the colored stakes and lines golfers encounter on golf courses: Red stakes and red lines; yellow stakes and yellow lines; white stakes and white lines are the most common colors used as indicators.24 May 2019
What is a lateral water hazard in golf?
A “lateral water hazard” is a water hazard or part of a water hazard that runs alongside to or parallel to the golf hole. Or, as the Rules of Golf puts it, a lateral water hazard is one “so situated that it is not possible, or is deemed impracticable, to drop a ball behind” it. (Regular water hazards use yellow.)24 May 2019