World War II

Temporary Rules, 1941 in London, England

... the game must go on at the Richmond Golf Club

from Frank Callahan

Over the years Frank Callahan has provided The Mirror with several dozen delightful stories about his home in Scotland -- and his transition to America and Melrose. The piece below was handed to him recently, and while the copy is not Frank's, it paints an off-beat view of England during World War II -- and the "hardships" a golfer had to endure just to get in 18 holes.

1: Players are asked to collect the 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 shelter without penalty or ceasing play.

3: The positions of known delayed action bombs are marked by red flags at a reasonable, 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. Penalty one stroke.


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