12th Hole Water Hazard Guide

What you should know about Water Hazards in Clontarf (Rule 26)

Ball in First Water Hazard at 12th Hole in Clontarf 

12th hole at Clontarf Golf Club-   The front of this Hazard/Pond (on top of  the “plateau”) is marked by Yellow Stakes/Lines (i.e. this part is a “regular” Water Hazard) and the margin to the front left of it (close to the trees /bushes to the left of the “plateau”) is marked by Red Stakes/Lines (i.e. this part is a Lateral Water Hazard).
-   Where your ball crosses the “yellow” margin (on top of the”plateau”) on its way into the first pond, your only feasible options (for a penalty of one stroke) are as follows :
    (1) drop a ball where your last shot was played from & play it from there.
    (2) drop a ball behind 1st pond (i.e. on “plateau”) keeping point where it last crossed “yellow” margin between you & the hole. You may go back as far as you like along this extended line to drop ball.
-  Where your ball crosses the “red” margin on the left side of the plateau on its way into the first pond, your only feasible options (for a penalty of one stroke) are as follows :
    (i)  drop a ball where your last shot was played from & play it from there.
    (ii) drop a ball behind first pond, keeping point where it last crossed “red” margin of that pond  between you & the hole. You may go back as far as you like along this extended line to drop ball. However, your dropping point using this option will more than likely be on the 14thfairway/rough.
    (iii) drop a ball, not nearer the hole, onto the “plateau” within 2 club-lengths of the point where your ball last crossed the “red” margin on its way into the pond. If having taken this option you drop a ball & find that you don’t have a clear shot to the green or the “valley”, that is too bad (i.e. you are not entitled to further relief from bushes/trees interfering with your line of flight or your swing).

Ball in Second Water Hazard at 12th Hole in Clontarf

-  The front & rear margins of this hazard/pond are marked by Yellow Stakes/Lines (i.e. each end of the Hazard is deemed to be a “regular”  Water Hazard) and the left and right hand sides of it are marked by Red Stakes/Lines (i.e. each side of the Hazard is deemed to be a Lateral Water Hazard).
-  Where your ball crosses the front “yellow” margin (i.e. the end furthest from the 12th green) on its way into the second pond, you have the following options:
(a) play your ball out of the pond (if feasible) without penalty, provided you don’t ground your club or touch the water  before taking your shot (if you do there is a 2 shot penalty – see Rule 13-4).
(b) drop a ball where your last shot was played from & play it from there under penalty of one stroke.
(c) drop a ball behind second pond, keeping point where it last crossed “yellow” margin of  that pond between you & the hole (for penalty of one stroke).You may go back as far as you like along this extended line to drop ball (e.g.drop ball straight behind pond or up on “plateau”& play from there).
-   Where your ball lands on the bank at far end of 2nd pond (end nearest to 12th green) & rolls back into the pond, crossing the “yellow” margin on its way, you have the following options :
(i) play the ball out of the pond (if feasible) without penalty [see (a) above].
(ii) drop a ball where your last shot was played from & play it from there (penalty of one stroke).
(iii) drop a ball outside 2nd pond, keeping point where it last crossed “yellow” margin at far end of that pond between you & the hole (penalty of one stroke).You may go back as far as you like along this extended line to drop ball. If hole happens to be on left hand side of 12th  green, this  extended line from hole to point of entry into the pond could take you over to ground to right of this pond to find your dropping point for the ball. If on the other hand the hole happens to be on the right hand side of the 12th green, this extended line from the hole to the point of entry into the pond could take you to ground directly behind or to left of  2nd pond to find your dropping point for the ball.
-  Where your ball last crosses the “red” margin at either side of the second pond at the 12th hole on its way into that pond, you have the following options :
(1) play the ball out of the pond (if feasible) without penalty [see (a) above].
(2) drop a ball where your last shot was played from & play it from there (penalty of one stroke).
(3) drop a ball outside the 2nd pond, keeping the point where it last crossed the “red” margin at the right or left side of  that pond between you & the hole (for penalty of one stroke).You may go back as far as you like along this extended line to drop the ball. This dropping point could be behind the 2nd pond or to the right or left of it depending on the position of the hole on the green & whether the ball entered the pond across the left-hand or right-hand “red” margin.
(4) drop a ball outside pond within 2 club-lengths of point where your ball last crossed the “red” margin of  pond & not nearer the hole (penalty: one stroke). [Option preferred by most players].
(5) drop a ball on far side of pond within 2 club-lengths of & not nearer the hole than a spot equi-distant from the hole to the point established under sub-para. (4) above (penalty:one stroke).

Course Committee, June 2011