I can see where this is leading, in terms of pace-of-play. Make it a one stroke penalty, remove the penalty area exclusion, and one no longer needs to be virtually certain of anything. Whether the ball is through the fence, or in the water or whatever, just drop a ball on the fairway and play on. Unlikely to have any impact on the top echelons of pro golf (because they hit 99% of theirs straight up the guts), yet would make hacker golf much simpler.
It's taken me awhile to put my finger on your overall reasoning about the rules of golf.
I think that you really what to take the skill factor out of the game and neutralize players to a common denominator. So that the game is very simple and rewards poor play with commonality via the rules !
We've been doing it since the rule came in...not only does it speed up play on the green, it reduces the foot traffic around the hole.
Gouldy, could you please explain how it reduces the foot traffic around the hole, this has got me slightly intrigued ?
Guessing it might have something to do with more gimmies conceded, due to not having to remove the flag ?