According to the DEC, striking golf balls into a lake or river is unlawful and can result in a fine. Others argue that it is rude and hazardous. Golfers frequently knock old golf balls into the water that they would never use again. It's something that folks who live near the ocean and enjoy golf do. Those who live in rural areas and play golf often find themselves with a large number of used balls that they cannot throw away. They may try to get them back into playing condition by hitting them against a wall or parking meter until they are reasonably soft.
The truth is that it depends on what type of ball it is and where it has gone into the water. If it is a new ball that has been struck only a few times, then yes, you should probably return it to the store where you bought it. Old balls that have been in the water for a long time may become hard and no longer suitable for play. However, if it is an old ball that has been in the water but not for very long, then it may still be playable. You should only strike golf balls into waters if you are sure that they will not be recovered.
Some lakes and rivers contain heavy concentrations of iron that cause any ball that goes into them to become hard very quickly. These balls are not recoverable and should not be used again. The best course of action is to avoid putting balls into such waters in the first place.
When golf balls go too far or too straight, they become unlawful. The golf ball is unlawful when an average golfer can strike the ball like a professional, while not having the same swing or talent. These balls are known as "illicit" or "bootleg" balls.
The first thing you should know about illegal golf balls is that they are not actually used in play during legal rounds of golf. A record of the ball's flight path is made at each tournament it enters. If any one ball appears to be defective (i.e., no longer flat) we are told by officials to discard it and replace it with a new ball. Any ball that has been doctored with chemicals or weights to give it an unfair advantage over other balls is also discarded.
Illegal golf balls are available in a wide variety of materials and sizes. Some common types include:
1. Standard Golf Balls - These are usually constructed from polyurethane or rubber and have approximately 1.5 ounces or 42 grams of dimple coverage on the surface. They are used by recreational players because they provide good distance and feel.
2. High-Explosive Golf Balls - Also called "HE" balls for short, these contain a higher concentration of sulfur per weight unit than standard golf balls.
This is against the law. It is illegal to destroy or abuse the golf course while in the act. It is completely OK to pick up dropped golf balls while playing. It is not acceptable to remove golf balls from water hazards while playing. This action can cause flooding and damage to surrounding areas as well.
In addition, you can be fined for removing golf balls from their designated area. If you hit a ball into a water hazard, you have an obligation to retrieve it. Failure to do so could result in a loss on the next hole.
However, if there are no people around, you can break this rule without any problems. In fact, it may even be an advantage if nobody is watching because then you won't be accused of being careless.
Golf balls are very expensive (about $15 per ball), so it's important that you don't destroy them or leave them in places where they can be damaged. Do yourself and the environment a favor by picking up each and every lost ball!
Golf balls do not come cheap! However, if you're a newbie trying to play across a water hazard, your new ball is in jeopardy. A "water ball" is an older, used ball that you won't mind striking into water as much as a fresh golf ball. These can be found online and in some retail stores throughout the country.
The most common way people get rid of their old balls is to throw them in the trash or down the toilet. This is not only unsightly, but it's also dangerous because discarded balls contain rubber particles that can leak into local waterways when thrown away. If you don't want to throw your ball out, then why buy them in the first place? Golfers who regularly hit into water hazards have no choice but to buy new balls. The other reason people buy golf balls is because they think it makes them look good or gives them some advantage on the course. This is not true; actually, buying balls based on looks or performance has the opposite effect. It will make playing golf more frustrating since you won't know which ball is best for any particular situation and you'll need several different types of balls to match all of your needs.
People who live near golf courses often complain about the noise these games make. In fact, golf is one of the least-quiet sports on land!
Golf balls roll or are shot into water hazards during rounds of play (small ponds that are scattered throughout a golf course). Golf balls are waterproof, so they will not be damaged if submerged. Golfers may save money by reusing and recycling their clubs rather than purchasing new ones. Recycling is also good for the environment.
People love to play games with rules. In golf, those games are called "holes." Holes are where you put the golf balls if you don't want to hit them out of bounds (into the woods or onto the fairway).
If you're lucky enough to have someone throw your ball back into the fairway for you then you have an opportunity to make up some ground on your competitors. The farther back you can get your ball relative to the hole, the better your chance of making par on this hole. Getting your ball in one of these holes called "greens" means you'll need some help from nature or not. Greens are where they grow trees for real golf courses but kids don't always know what kind of tree they should leave their ball under. Some popular types of trees found on golf courses include: American elm, black walnut, blue gum eucalyptus, and sycamore.
Holes with water hazards are played just like any other hole except that there's a risk of losing points for hitting the ball in the water.