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Water hazard (golf) red stakes.jpg
A lateral water hazard at a golf course, usually marked by red stakes or lines. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: sports
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
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Status: de facto

A lateral water hazard is a natural obstacle, such as sea, river & stream, that runs alongside to or parallel to the golf hole. Usually marked by red stakes or lines, they are covered by specific rules.

Before 2019, a 'lateral water hazard' had different golf rules compared to a 'water hazard' thus the different tag was used. In many countries this is no longer the case, as of 2020, however, both tags are still commonly found in the database.

How to map

Tag the feature with golf=water_hazard.

If mapping ponds & lakes, draw an area area around the ground and additionally add both natural=water & the appropriate water=* tag.

If mapping rivers, streams or ditches, draw either a single linear way way and add the appropriate waterway=* tag, or as a polygon representing the banks of the feature and add both natural=water & the appropriate water=* tag.

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