News & ToursFebruary 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Playing golf during WWII must have been a real nuisance

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Golf and World War II intersect in more ways than you might expect, as our resident expert, John Strege, who wrote a book on the subject, can attest.

The popular Twitter handle @HistoryInPics highlighted one of those intersections on Thursday, tweeting a picture of some new rules enacted by Richmond Golf Club after bombs hit the course during the war.

Related: How golf reunited a pair of World War II vets

Among the more notable: "A ball lying in a crater may be lifted and dropped not nearer the hole, preserving the line to the hole, without penalty," and "In Competitions, during gunfire or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play."

Thank goodness for those. After all, it's not like there was a world war raging or anything. . .

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