Posted 14 October 2008 - 08:10 PM
Behind the green of our 11th hole is the start of the 12th fairway at right angles, then immediately beyond that, a downhill slope to a lake. The lake would be 25 metres behind the green. It is not uncommon for a player to "skull" their approach over the green and, if hard enough, their ball will roll down into the lake.
The lake is marked as a lateral hazard to the 12th fairway, but there is nowhere to take relief for a shot overshooting the 11th green that is within two club lengths of the point of entry but not nearer to the 11th hole. So the only relief option is stroke and distance. It's a perfect situation for a drop zone, but is yet to be instituted, because no-one's really bitten the bullet, and because of the continual need for marking the zone.
However one approach I've seen (rather than having to repaint a "DZ" in a square with white marker paint) is to install a coloured post, and the player can drop, according to the wording of a Local Rule, within two club lengths of the post "not nearer the hole than the post". (Of course the post is an immovable obstruction, and the wording would have to be that a dropped ball could be re-dropped if the post interfered with stance and swing.) It makes a permanent zone without the maintenance.
Does anyone see any problems with this approach? The advantage of a DZ square is that it can be moved to alleviate wear and tear, but I don't see that many instances that it would be necessary in this case.