If a player hits
his ball into a deep ravine, a steep gully, or any other wild or inhospitable
terrain that appears likely to contain noxious or injurious plants or to conceal
menacing animals, insects, or reptiles, he need not search for that ball, and
he may, without penalty of stroke or distance, drop another ball in the nearest
playable lie on an adjacent stretch of safe ground from which he can clearly see
and point out to any fellow players the precise spot where he knows his original
ball must have come to rest.