Although water hazards can cause incredible suffering
and defeat golfers must not get to overwhelmed by them.
When your ball goes into the water you must immediately
do two things (after swearing). First you must determine
the balls entry point into the water and if there is
a drop area provided. Second decided whether an attempt
at retrieving your ball is feasible.
No matter if you will be able to retrieve your ball
or not you should try not delay the play of other golfers.
Drop a ball at your point of entry (within two club
lengths or in the drop area provided) and play another
ball. After you have hit this shot and it is no longer
your turn to play, feel free to fish out your ball.
Finally keep in mind that may rivers and ponds can be
deemed environmentally sensitive areas. Golfers must
remember not to seriously trample or otherwise disturb
the waters edge. Keep your emotions in check and resist
the urges to hack away at the grass, trees and bushes.