N.E.A.T. will adhere to the current USGA rules of golf, including the USGA suggested rule relating to lost balls and balls hit out of bounds. Course and N.E.A.T. local rules for a specific course or event may supercede the established rules of golf.
Local Rule for Lost Balls and Out of Bounds:
To speed play, this rule prohibits players from returning to their prior shot to rehit.
1. This local rule only effects balls either out of bounds or lost NOT in a penalty area. Balls hit in a penalty area lateral hazard are to be played according to the rules of golf (as revised for 2019), with the exception that going back to rehit the prior shot is not permitted. A provisional may be played prior to leaving the point where the original ball was hit. If the provisional ball is used to play out the hole, the penalty is, in effect (stroke and distance).
2. Optionally, the player is allowed to drop a ball (under the penalty of two strokes) in the fairway of the hole being played at the closest point (within two club lengths and not nearer the hole) from the point that the ball is deemed to have been lost or crossed into an out of bounds area.
3. If the original ball is found during the initial search (not in a hazard, and not out of bounds), it must be played under the normal rules of golf.