Rule of the Week

From USGA Members Program 8/29/03
Rule 27
Ball Lost or Out of Bounds; Provisional Ball

Etiquette Tip

Repair divot holes. Smooth out footprints in bunkers.

Term for Rule 27 - "Out of Bounds"

A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies out of bounds. If the ball lies against an out of bounds stake or a fence post defining out of bounds, it may still be in bounds.

Rule 27-1. Ball Lost or Out of Bounds

Q: Sidney's ball from the teeing ground went to the right and over the fence defining out of bounds. What must Sidney do?

A: Sidney only has one option in this case. He must return to the teeing ground and play his third stroke from there. The penalty for a ball coming to rest out of bounds is one stroke, and he loses the distance that he gained on his initial stroke.

We encourage members to play by the official rules of golf as developed by the USGA and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.


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