Originally Posted by phan52
Originally Posted by Fourputt
Except that under the rules they should be marked as environmentally sensitive out of bounds. If they aren't water hazards then they can't properly be marked as such.
What can I tell you? They are marked as environmentally sensitive areas and they are marked as a lateral. They are certainly not OB, as they are right in the center of the property.
Then they are marked wrong. What can I tell you? The rules are quite specific about what is and isn't a lateral water hazard. If an area isn't a water hazard, then it can't be marked as such and still be within the rules. A course can do whatever it wants to do, but that doesn't mean that it's right. They can call it a local rule, but it would never be recognized as such in a properly run competition. When I worked as an RO for a CGA competition, we marked the course as required under the rules, regardless of what the course did on a day to day basis. If the course had a policy of leaving the rakes in the bunkers, we took them out of the bunkers. A competition played under the rules must be played under all of the rules.
What is done for day to day play and what is correct under the rules isn't necessarily the same thing, and if a course is marked and played as you indicate then any handicaps obtained at such a course are inflated and essentially incorrect.