Wartime Golf Rules, by Richmond Golf Club (1940)
During the Battle of Britain in 1940, a bomb fell on an outbuilding belonging to Richmond Golf Club in Surrey, England. As a result, the club’s owners stiffened their upper lips and issued a rather unique list of temporary golf rules to all members.
- •Players are asked to collect Bomb and Shrapnel splinters to save these causing damage to the mowing machines.
- •In competitions, during gunfire, or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play.
- •The positions of known delayed-action bombs are marked by red flags placed at reasonably, but not guaranteed safe distance therefrom.
- •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 move accidentally.
- •A ball moved by enemy action may be replaced, or if lost or destroyed, a ball may be dropped not nearer the hole without penalty.
- •A ball lying in a crater may be lifted and dropped not nearer the hole, preserving the line to the hole without penalty.
- •A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from the same place. Penalty, one stroke.