Leaves in the fall. Do you declare a lost ball or take a free drop?
You are playing in the fall and there are tons of leaves on the ground, especially in the rough. You hit a ball into the rough , and when you are walking up you cannot see your ball or find it.
You and your playing partners have determined that the ball is in play and the only reason you can't find it is because of the leaves.
Do you play it as a lost ball, or do you take a free drop?
This is for a non tournament round.