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This little gem arrived in a recent newsletter from the Australian Spitfire Association. If you thought you were a tough weather golfer…. Established in ...

This little gem arrived in a recent newsletter from the Australian Spitfire Association. If you thought you were a tough weather golfer….

Established in 1924, Richmond Golf Club was a private members club and golf course located at the south-westerly outskirts of London, adjoining the historic Royal Richmond Park and the Wimbledon Common. The membership was strictly upper class; its clubhouse was nothing less than Sudbrook Mansion, a wonderful Georgian country house framed by a most beautiful park landscape, offering the members all desirable amenities.

In the heat of the Battle of Britain’s blitz, the golf course, located about halfway between Northolt and Uxbridge, came under the threat of bombing, gunning by stray enemy aircraft and shrapnel from the nearby anti-aircraft batteries defending London.┬áTo meet the new situation, the club committee issued a new, temporary set of game rules which were displayed at the club house, to be followed by all players.

If you are going out onto the golf course this weekend, spare a thought for this leaflet.

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By Sten Ekedahl  |  2011-05-06 at 00:22  |  permalink

Saw this one for the first time a couple of years ago on the web. Made a copy of it and gave it to the pro (who is originally from England) at my golf club. He just loved it!

By Glyn Theobald  |  2014-10-26 at 22:29  |  permalink

A nice story isnt it! If you want to find out more about the history of these rules, you can find them at the Golf Club’s website here:

http://www.therichmondgolfclub.com/history/wartime_rules/

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