EMBEDDED BALL –
Embedded Ball Rule (USGA): in effect for all competitions.
The Rule is worded:
In the general area, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch mark in the ground may be lifted, cleaned and dropped within one club-length to where it lay but not nearer the hole. See USGA Rule 16.3b, or Rule Book Appendix for additional restrictions.
OGA Players Club – “Preferred Lies”
During inclement weather, the committee may adopt for any round this local rule for preferred lies.
A ball lying on a closely mown area in the general area may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position.
Having lifted the ball, the player must drop it on a spot within one club length of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.
A ball lying outside the closely mown area but still through the green may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, he must replace it on the spot from which it came.
A player may place his ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (USGA Rule 20-4). If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it was placed, USGA Rule 20-3d applies. If the ball subsequently moves after being placed and coming to rest on the spot on which it is placed, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other Rule apply.
If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.
Note: “General Area” means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.
There are drop areas on the course. Not all drop areas are used by the Players Club.
The following are not in effect for Players Club events: Holes #7, #8 and #14.
Holes #4 and #5 have three drops areas each, and are in effect for the Players Club. When multiple drop areas are on a hole, you must go back from where your ball entered the hazard to the drop area. You may NOT go forward to a drop area.