Originally Posted by Fourputt
Part of the difficulty that MEFree is concerned with is that in the area where he plays a lot there are some wetlands where the natural boundaries can be quite indistinct. Willows, sedge grasses and the like, along with a network of small streams and sometimes almost bog like conditions make both marking and identification of natural boundaries very difficult. It's a case where you would almost have to be on the spot to make any sort of definitive ruling.
I encountered this today at Keystone Ranch- today was the first day they were open (they opened the River 2-3 weeks ago). They had not put up ANY hazard stakes yet.
I hit a shot just left of the back of the 17th greenhttp://maps.google.com/maps?q=keystone+ranch+golf+course&ll=39.578361,-105.994923&spn=0.000852,0.001039&fb=1&gl=us&hq=keystone+ranch+golf+course&cid=0,0,13240230494915743703&t=h&z=20&iwloc=A
and wasn't sure if I was inside last years hazard boundary. I also couldn't remember if it had been marked as an ESA or not or if it had been a read or yellow staked area. I had a decent lie on some matted down longer grass. What would you do under these circumstances?
I saw my options as-
1. Play it as being outside the hazard and hit a regular chip/pitch grounding my club.
2. Play it as a hazard and hit the shot not grounding my club
3. Play it as a lateral ESA and make a guess as to where the boundary was and see if I could drop within 2 club lengths no near the hole
4. Play it as a regular ESA hazard and go back to where I hit my previous shot (as there is no way to go back keeping the point between you and the hole).
I went with options 1 & 4 (under 3-3) and later the pro said that it is a lateral ESA and it starts just left of the green/bunker, so I was in fact in the hazard.