Rules of Golf while under enemy air raid.

During the Battle of Britain, when the Nazis were launching daily bombing raids against the island nation, the British in true phlegmatic style continued to, as the sign said , “Keep Calm and Carry On” in almost all aspects of their lives. This included that most British (at least Scottish) of games; golf. To that end, at least one golf course near London wrote a special set of local rules to deal with the various hazards and distractions to the players caused by being at war while trying to get in a quick nine holes after work.

1 – Players are asked to collect the bomb and shrapnel splinters to prevent their causing damage to the mowing machines.

2- In competition, during gunfire or while bombs are falling, players may take shelter without penalty for ceasing play.

3 – The positions of known delayed-actions bombs are marked by red flags at a reasonable by not guaranteed safe distance there from.

4 – Shrapnel and/or bomb splinters on the fairways or in bunkers within a club’s length of a ball may be moved without penalty, and no penalty shall be incurred if a ball is thereby caused to be moved accidentally.

5 – A ball moved by enemy action may be replaced, or if lost or destroyed, a ball may be dropped without penalty, not nearer the hole.

6 – A ball lying in a crater may be lifted and dropped not nearer the hole, preserving the line to the hole, without penalty.

7 – A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball under penalty of one stroke.

From- The Los Angeles Times (30 December 1940, Pg. 5).


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