This happened yesterday: The driving range is to the right of a hole, so the right side of that hole is marked OB. There's a winding cart path down the right side, and the white OB stakes are all placed about a foot to the right of the cart path, every 15 yards or so. The stakes are not in a straight line, and they are always a foot to the right of the path, which as I say is windy. So it appears that the stake/OB line is following the contour of the path, but there is no white line painted between the stakes so I can't be sure.
My drive ended up in the grass, 6" to the right of the path. If I drew an imaginary straight line between the nearest white stakes, my ball would be on the outside (OB) side of that line. But if I drew an imaginary line that followed the contours of the cart path (as the white stakes did all the way down the path), the ball would be inside that line.
So the question is, if an OB is defined by stakes that appear to follow the contours of an OB boundary, and there is no line painted, is the OB line always a straight line between adjacent stakes, or is it a line that follows the contours?
Same question for hazards: If there are red stakes around a lake for example, but no line is painted between them, is the hazard line always between the stakes or does the water line define it?
Edit: Attaching a crude drawing to help illustrate.
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