Lateral Water Hazard Adjacent to Putting Green with Dropping Zone. RoG, Rule 26 and Appendix 1 Part A 6; Decision 33-2a/9. Local Rule/Temporary Local Rule. Revised 2015-12-01.
IN DEPTH: From Decision 33-2a/9: "If part of a lateral water hazard at the side of a putting green is so configured that it may be almost impossible to drop a ball within two club-lengths of the point where the ball last crossed the hazard margin without dropping nearer the hole than that point, the part of the hazard where the situation exists should be distinctively marked (e.g. with red stakes with a black tip). If a ball last crossed the margin of the hazard in the marked area, the player may, under penalty of one stroke, drop a ball in the dropping zone or, if more than one dropping zone has been established, in the nearest dropping zone".
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Lateral Water Hazard Adjacent to Putting Green with Dropping Zone
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 the putting green 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 even when the dropping zone is 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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