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1940 Golf Course Rules: In the Case of a Nazi Attack

Avid golf enthusiasts have always taken golf to new extremes even during war. The owners of the Richmond Golf Club in Surrey, England wrote club rules that would guide golfers in case a Nazi bomber plane dropped a bomb on the course.

These rules were implemented after an Axis bomb hit one of the club’s structures. This is one golf course where you would really want to avoid the hazards.

Here are the rules:

1.) Players are asked to collect Bomb and Shrapnel splinters to save these causing damage to the mowing machines.

2.) In competitions, during gunfire, or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play.

3.) The positions of known delayed-action bombs are marked by red flags placed at reasonably, but not guaranteed safe distance therefrom.

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 move accidentally.

5.) 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.

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 from the same place. Penalty, one stroke.