I playing competitor hits his ball right off the tee, no one hears and banging around in the trees or a splash in the lake. Myself and the 3rd member of our group saw the ball going right but never saw it down and our playing competitor never saw it down either.
We walked around that area both in the woods and down by the lake and never found his ball. He prompted dropped a ball two club lengths from where he though the ball would have entered the water hazard.
My question is, can you assume that? Sure there are a lot of different variables in play here but no one saw the ball go into the water hazard so is that considered a lost ball and he would have to go back to the tee?