And so im sure most all have "been there and done that" when it comes to ending up in the fairway of an adjoining hole. Or something else we have all been involved with is that we have been on a tee when another player comes into our fairway to play their own errant tee shot.
Firstly if anyone is actually hitting at that moment we would of course wait for that person, but putting that one thing aside lets look at the general scenario.
So what to do you do? The natural reaction I see by most people who are on the tee is that they feel they have the right of way for all to finish teeing off. However if no has begun to tee off yet, then its fairly common to allow the player to first hit his ball back to his own hole. But sometime the people on the tee don't even allow the player to play his ball even if they havnt began to tee off yet.
Here is how I view what the proper procedure should be. I think its pretty simple. This issue is very often associated with pace of play and is why most people seem to want to tee off and have the person wait and also feel that they have the right of way. But I say it should all depend on whether or not the person is from a hole behind your hole or ahead of your own hole. You see...my logic is that if the person is from a hole ahead of yours and you make that person wait for your entire group to tee (which could be many minutes) tee off then all your doing is causing that same persons group to then be delayed and since they are technically in front of yours, your only now adding to your own future wait time. IMO Just pause your teeing and let the player (who is in a group ahead of yours) take care of his business. If the player is from a hole behind your hole then the opposite would hold true.
I think right of way has to be placed on the back burner if we want to do things in such a fashion that would cause the least delay. So with that, imo if the player is from a hole ahead of yours then let him play while if he is from a hole behind yours then you should play first.
What do you think?