I am about +15-20 on golf balls found this summer vs. golf balls lost. My bag is filling up rather fast and It seems like I am finding 2-3 balls almost every round. I only pick them up if I am sure they are lost, but with 15 groups being as busy as it will ever get at my local municipal and most days I am one of a dozen people on the course most balls are clearly abandoned. I'm not finding these balls in trees or buried in super deep rough either. Many are barely into the cut of rough. I can't for the life of me realize how these balls are not found. Then I had an interesting run in last night that explained to me why so many golf balls are lost. Hole 6 is perpendicular to hole 1 at my home course. I hit my tee shot on hole 1 and walk up to it in the fairway. I get over my ball am ready to hit and all of a sudden I hear a yell, "Did you see a ball come this way?" I couldn't believe that they would ask as I am addressing my ball but I gave them the benefit of the doubt that they didn't know and I told them I did not. I addressed again, hit my shot, and gave a glance back. This guy was playing hole number 6. The fairway on this hole goes straight for about 270 yards then doglegs right. If you continue to go straight through the fairway there is about 50 yards of rough between where hole 6's fairway ends and hole ones starts. Instead of looking in this rough area. The man drives his golf cart up and down hole number 1's fairway, which would be about a 330 yard drive. To make the situation more interesting he drives all the way across hole #1's into the rough on the other side. Which would be about a 380-400 yard tee shot. I didn't stick around to see if he ever did find the ball. While there is a chance he was looking for his second shot, I highly doubt it because that would mean he had miss the target on his second by over 100 yards left. There was a female riding with him that wasn't playing so maybe he was trying to impress I'm not sure.
I always find it funny that people immediately look in the 300+ range when in all reality there shot is more in the 200 range. Oh well, free golf balls for me.