Sprinklers dot the 11th green. Bogey. The guy with the leaf blower is
trailing you all the way up the 13th fairway. Double bogey. Thunder rumbles
as you tee it up on 15. Triple bogey.
Do distractions on the links ruin your concentration--and scores? Ha! You
should have tried playing a round in wartime Britain in 1941. The following
is the set of temporary rules passed that year by the Richmond Golf Club of
London for its presumably stiff-upper-lipped membership. We are not making
Can you imagine how long it would take the average PGA Tour player to line up
a putt under those circumstances?
- Players are asked to collect the 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 shelter without penalty or ceasing play.
- The position of known delayed-action bombs are marked with red flags at a
reasonable, but not guaranteed, safe distance therefrom.
- Shrapnel and/or bomb splinters on the fairways, or in bunkers, within a
club's length of the 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 a simultaneous explosion of a bomb
may play another ball. Penalty one stroke.
Edited by Jack McCallum