Played golf yesterday (Sunday) at a golf course that occasionally play. I was playing a dogleg right par 5. Hit a great drive long and through a shoot of trees on both sides of the fairway. Got to my ball (hit it about 280), was in the middle of the fairway but had a huge live oak tree growing out into the fairway that blocked me from going for the green in two. As a matter of fact, the lay up shot was tough because you had to hit it to the right side of the fairway which was working it's way back to the left. I didn't think much of it until a couple holes later when I hit another good drive in the fairway and again was blocked out by a tree from going at the green. I hit a big cut that just missed the tree and ended up on the front of the green.
My question is: Is it fair to hit a good shot in the fairway and be penalized for it? I think if you put the ball where you are supposed to, you should get rewarded instead of penalized. I guess I need to hit it 300 yards instead of 280? Both the drives were pretty tight also.