Rules for golfing during the blitz

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21 Responses to “Rules for golfing during the blitz”

  1. FriendNdeed says:

    I hereby wave the BOGUS-BS flag on this fakery. Note that the grammar, word choices, and point of view is written in flawlessly modern American-English. If you’ve read much of a) old newspaper articles or b) any genuinely vernacular British-English writing, you’ll see that this pitch-perfect writing style is a bunch of Blarney. It is a caricature based on a modern writer’s stereotype of the times. Think about it. Even in the inhumanity of wartime, telling a golfer to take a one-stroke penalty for circumstances he did not create is just not cricket.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Golf is some serious shit.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Modern Rule 8 needs to govern situations wheren an undetonated cluster bomblet is mistaken for the player’s ball….

  4. Normandy2011 says:

    Puts the TSA theater at the airport in perspective.

  5. hadlock says:

    “Position’s”? Really?

  6. irksome says:

    A guy beats his wife to death with a 9-iron. When the police arrive, the guy says “Yup, I did it.” A cop says “I guess you did. How many times did you hit her anyway?” The guy says “I dunno; put me down for a five.”

  7. penguinchris says:

    Quite funny, obviously meant to be humorous (in that certain British way) but I wouldn’t be surprised if the rules were upheld if these situations arose (I mean, what else are you supposed to do).

  8. phisrow says:

    I’m pretty sure that having an upper lip that stiff provides considerable protection from minor nuisances like shrapnel…

  9. Matt J says:

    According to research on this thread of the Snopes message board, this list originated during the second world war. Whether or not these rules were ever used at a golf course was not established.

  10. spagh says:

    The proportional font and right margin justification says this version is not very original.

    • spejic says:

      Because, as we all know, proportional fonts and kerning did not exist until the Apple Macintosh. I mean, it’s so obvious that there’s no need to do something like do a Google search for “1940 newspaper” to see if stuff printed back then looked like this.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah. As somebody who is just old enough to have watched a hot lead Linotype machine in operation, I can say that spacebands make right justification a pretty simple operation.

  11. anonymous coward says:

    rule 8: shooting at passing bombers is only allowed if that does not interfere with the competition.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I’m not sure ‘north country’ is right. It’s far more likely to be Richmond in London, which has a good 5+ golf clubs.

  13. Anonymous says:

    that is a spot, not an apostrophe, in positions.

  14. Gag Halfrunt says:

    The Richmond Golf Club in question is in Richmond, Surrey (a south-western suburb of London), not Richmond, North Yorkshire (the “north-country” town referred to in the post).

  15. El Zilcho says:

    Damn this used to be a fine country.

  16. webmonkees says:

    Not sure if Caddyshack‘s finale is completely covered, but #5 seems to indicate a choice by the player if nearby explosions affect play.
    But I would have difficulty declaring Bill Murray an enemy.

  17. Moriarty says:

    This is what they meant when they said “Keep calm and carry on.”

  18. Anonymous says:

    Ah yes!!!!! I remember it well!!!!!!!

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