During my round yesterday, my playing partner hit an errant tee shot that sliced to the right.
Along the right side of the fairway beyond the initial high cut ruff are red sticks indicating a hazard area. The hazard area is ~10-15 yards in width with high weeds which eventually leads to a ~8 feet high steel fence. Beyond the fence is a neighboring facility (not part of the golf course). It was not clear whether the ball landed in the hazard/weeds area or if it landed in the neighboring facility. There are no white (out of bounds) sticks present anywhere.
Trying to understand whether the ball should be declared out of bounds (penalty + distance) or in the hazard (eligible for drop at approximate exit location)? I am assuming that beyond the fence is "out of bounds"? And if we knew with certainty that the ball landed beyond the fence it should be declared out of bounds?
Thanks in advance for any insights