Out of Bounds

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This article is about a term used in golf. For the term used for glitches, see Glitch.
Toad alerting that the ball is Out of Bounds in the intro of Mario Golf.

Out of Bounds (abbreviated as O.B.) is a term in golf that appears in the Mario Golf series. When a player hits a shot Out of Bounds, it means that their golf ball landed outside the boundaries of the golf course. When the player hits the ball where it lands outside of the boundaries, falls off the edge, lands in lava, in a Chain Chomp pit, or elsewhere that is not in the main course, it is qualified as Out of Bounds. Some sort of signal usually appears when the player hits Out of Bounds. The penalty for going Out of Bounds is one stroke, added on to the player's current score for the hole. The player must then hit the ball from the same place that they hit the Out of Bounds shot. In the first game, Toad is the one to alert the player of an Out of Bounds shot, while in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, a Koopa Paratroopa is the one to alert the player.

When an Out of Bounds shot happens, the announcer says "Oh, too bad!" except in Mario Golf: Advance Tour and Mario Golf: World Tour. In the former, nothing is said in the case, while in the latter, the announcer says either "Out of Bounds!" or "Too bad!" instead (where Blue Toad holds up an OB sign).

Water Hazard[edit]

Lakitu alerting the player of a Water Hazard.

The Water Hazard serves a similar purpose; this event only occurs when the player's golf ball lands in a body of water.

  • The penalty for hitting into a Water Hazard is the same as a regular Out of Bounds shot.
    • However, if a ball goes into the water, the player must hit the ball a yard or two from the edge of the nearest land area from where the ball entered the water; this is called a Drop.
  • The announcer says "Oh, too bad!"[1] except in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Mario Golf: Advance Tour.

Tree Hazard[edit]

A Tree Hazard serves a purpose; this event only occurs when the player's golf ball gets stuck in a tree and it:

  • won't come down, or
  • lands too close to a tree trunk.

The penalty for aiming at a tree is the same as a regular Out of Bounds shot.

  • However, if a ball goes into a tree, the player has to hit the ball from wherever they aimed it from.

Out of Course[edit]

An Out of Course serves a purpose similar to OB. However, instead of being just out of bounds, the ball has gone out of the course, and then the player who hit the ball out of the course will receive a 1-stroke penalty.

  • This message only appears in the Nintendo 64 version of Mario Golf. In other games, doing Out of Course will show up as OB.
  • The announcer (as well as the other players, if played in Multiplayer Mode) calls out "Fore!" half a second after the ball is hit if it is determined that it will go Out of Course.[2]
    • If the ball stops less than half a second after the shot, "Fore!" is not called.
    • Should the ball stop exactly half a second later, the announcer will keep on saying "Fore!" continuously for 2 seconds while "Oh, too bad!" is said just once.
  • Toad will not show up in the Out of Course situation, and the message "OUT OF COURSE" is displayed instead.


It has been requested that this section be rewritten.

“A ball that cannot be played because of the terrain. There's a one-stroke penalty to drop the ball.”
Golf Glossary, Mario Golf: World Tour/Mario Golf: Advance Tour

Golf ball lands in an unplayable area in DK Jungle.

Unplayable is an area of a golf course that the ball is unintended to be in. "Unplayable" behaves as an Out of Bounds and a Water Hazard because an unplayable area is located inside the boundaries of the course, and grants a +1 stroke penalty.

  • Unplayable areas are not in specific areas of a golf course. For example, if the ball is in front of a tree and cannot go straight to move on the course, it is not considered an unplayable area.
  • Rock and flower patches do not count as an unplayable area. Wood is also another type of area that is not unplayable.
  • Unplayable is the only Out-of-Bounds area that doesn't have Toad show up holding a sign that says "OB", trying to announce that the ball is Out-of-Bounds.
    • In addition, the announcer doesn't say anything, and the animation that usually happens when an OB occurs does not play.
  • The text the "Unplayable" message appears in is shown in dark purple, but then light purple on the bottom of the letters.

Names in other languages[edit]

Water Hazard[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウォーターハザード
Wōtā Hazādo
Water Hazard


  1. ^ Water Hazard in Mario Golf: World Tour.
  2. ^ The Fore message being said right after the ball is hit.
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmqA6iMMWJo
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFOxbYtHlaE