Thehole must be 4 ¼ inches in diameter and at least 4 inches deep. If a lining is used, it must be sunk at least 1 inch below the putting green surface, unless the nature of the soil makes it impracticable to do so; its outer diameter must not exceed 4 ¼ inches.
A ball is holed when it is at rest within the circumference of the hole and all of it is below the level of the lip of the hole.
SITUATION: A player is competing in a stroke play event. On the fourth hole, a par 5, the player hooks the second shot toward the out of bounds markers. When he discovers the ball, it is out of bounds. The player retrieves the ball and takes a penalty of 1 stroke.
COMMON MISTAKE: The player drops the ball two club lengths from the nearest out of bounds stakes. Next, the player plays the fourth shot from that spot. Since rule 27-1 applies here, the player is in big trouble for not returning to the spot the player last hit the ball and dropping a ball. The penalty is two strokes, although there is a good chance that this serious breach would cause the player to be disqualified under rule 20-7. The penalty is loss of hole in match play.
CORRECT PROCEDURE: If you hit a ball out of bounds, follow the same procedure that applies when you lose a ball outside a hazard – basic stroke and distance.
DEFINITION: The out of bounds line is defined by the inside edge of the white stakes at ground level. If only part of the ball is in bounds, the ball is in bounds. If white lines are used to mark the boundary line, the line itself is out of bounds
NOTE: If the player determines the ball is in bounds and decides to remove the out of bounds stake to play the next shot. The player will breach rule 13-2 and is penalized 2 strokes in stroke play and loss of hole in match play.
AT NO TIME ARE YOU ALLOWED TO REMOVE AN OUT OF BOUNDS STAKE!