Lateral Water Hazard Adjacent to Bunker with Dropping Zone/Dropping ZonesRoG Rule 26 and Appendix I Part A 6; Decision 33-8/37,5. Rule/Temporary Local Rule. Revised 2015-12-01.
IN DEPTH: From Decision 33-8/37,5: "In all cases a hazard should be marked along its natural boundary – see Decision 33-2a/4. Sometimes, due to the proximity of a bunker to the margin of a lateral water hazard, it is likely that a player, when dropping a ball under Rule 26-1c(i), will be required to drop a ball in the bunker
If the Committee does not wish to require a player to drop a ball in the bunker when proceeding under the lateral water hazard Rule, the Committee may establish a dropping zone or series of dropping zones on the fairway side of the bunker and make a Local Rule stating that a player whose ball is in the lateral water hazard (having last crossed the hazard margin between defined points) may drop a ball, under penalty of one stroke, in the nearest dropping zone that is not nearer the hole."
The Committee should define the points of the hazard between which a ball must last cross the margin of the lateral water hazard to allow the player to proceed under this local rule. That part of the hazard can be defined by red stakes with a black top. - Click for picture.
More information on Dropping Zones - click to link.

In English: Suggested wording. The two finishing, red-coloured sentences may be removed. The headline and the penalty may be removed when the Rule is placed together with other local rules under a common headline.

Lateral Water Hazard Adjacent to Bunker with Dropping Zone/Dropping Zones
If a ball lies in or touches or it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in the lateral water hazard adjacent to a bunker on hole ... and last crossed the lateral water hazard where it is defined by ... the player may proceed under Rule 26, or as an additional option, under penalty of one stroke, drop a ball in the dropping zone/the nearest dropping zone which is not nearer the hole than where the ball last crossed the outermost limits of the lateral water hazard.
When dropping in a dropping zone the dropped ball must first strike a part of the course within the dropping zone. The dropped ball is in play if it comes to rest within two club-lengths of the spot where it first struck a part of the course even if it rolls out of the dropping zone or nearer the hole. Dropping and re-dropping see Rule 20-2 and Appendix 1 Part A 6 Note.
Penalty: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes. 
 
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