the rules state that a golfer has five minutes to search
for a lost ball one should never take this much time
if not playing in a serious tournament situation. If
one person from every group on the course did so during
their time on the course, this would translate into
approximately 3hrs of ball searching that players behind
would have to endure.
hitting the ball into a questionable location, first
take note of its area as best you can from your current
location. Then take a maximum of two minutes to search
for that ball after arriving in the general location
of where you think it may be. If the ball cannot be
found in within two minutes, drop a new ball at the
nearest point free of obstructions to where you believe
the ball to be and play from there.
all golfers played their lost balls as described above
everyone's game would be faster and more enjoyable.