My first post!
My coastal course has a green with the ocean behind it. It is classified as a red penalty area (lateral water hazard old language).
If I thin (skull) a short wedge, the ball can fly through the green and into the penalty area (and gone).
At the point of entry it is impossible to drop within 2 club lengths 'no nearer the hole' and out of the penalty area, because the margin of the penalty area curves around and towards the green. I can't go back behind the area, as it's the ocean.
There's no designated drop zone either.
So what are my options?
1. Replay the shot under stroke and distance, or
I have been taking a drop right on the point of entry. It always rolls into the penalty area so I then place the ball right at the point of entry, as it is 'no nearer the hole' and within 2 club lengths. I take a stroke penalty as well of course.
Is this legal? It seems to be legal to me, but the rules of golf don't cover this scenario as far as I can see.
Are players required to have at least two options when their ball is in a penalty area, according to the rules?
This situation is really bugging me and Google is silent!
Regards - Brendan