Ball Lost or Out of Bounds; Provisional Ball (Rule 27)

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Rule of the Week - Ball Lost or Out of Bounds; Provisional Ball (Rule 27)

Rule of the week.

Ball Lost or Out of Bounds; Provisional Ball (Rule 27)

Check the Local Rules on the score card to identify the boundaries of the
course.
If your ball is lost outside a water hazard or out of bounds you must play
another ball from the spot where the last shot was played, under penalty
of one stroke, i.e. stroke and distance.
You are allowed 5 minutes to search for a ball, after which, if it is not
found or identified, it is lost.
If, after playing a shot, you think your ball may be lost outside a water
hazard or out of bounds you should play a ‘provisional ball’.You must state
that it is a provisional ball and play it before you go forward to search for
the original ball.
If it transpires that the original ball is lost (other than in a water hazard) or
out of bounds, you must continue with the provisional ball, under penalty of
one stroke. If the original ball is found in bounds, you must continue play of
the hole with it, and must stop play with the provisional ball.