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Richmond Golf Club c.1940

Stolen from Facebook. I love little bits of history like this.

20 thoughts on “Richmond Golf Club c.1940”

  1. Exactly the sort of task that Richard Murphy would perform well. He loves making lists of asinine points and rules.

  2. Hold on… So there’s all that stuff with No Penalty, but flinching and failing to keep your Stiff Upper Lip when a bomb goes off near you when you hit a ball with a stick gets a penalty? 😛

    Alternatively, all that could be replaced with : “What are you doing here playing golf of all things? Here’s your white feather.”

  3. Grikath

    “but flinching and failing to keep your Stiff Upper Lip when a bomb goes off near you when you hit a ball with a stick gets a penalty?”

    Not at all, only if one insists on replaying the shot….

  4. There was, supposedly, a cartoon published in Punch around that time, as a golfer trying to line up a shot, snaps angrily at a newly-arrived Fallschirmjaeger “Would you kindly stop rustling that parachute?”

  5. Item 3-“position’s”. Incorrect apostrophe shows this must be a modern hoax. Either that or it incurs a birdie or an eagle or some such golfing bollocks

  6. Item 3-“position’s”. Incorrect apostrophe shows this must be a modern hoax

    I think that’s a mark on the paper. Compare with the “club’s” in item 4: there is much more of a space before the ‘s’ there.

  7. I seem to recall Dan Rather lost his job at CBS because the documents he found that were meant to embarrass President Bush the Younger that were purported to be a typed report from Bush’s National Guard C.O. during the Vietnam War era were written in a proportional times Roman font with half size superscript characters. Back in the 60s typewriters didn’t have proportional width times Roman fonts. Or special keys to shrink the size of superscript-ed letters by 1/2. They had fixed width courier font.

    Wouldn’t a U.K club’s WW2 II temporary rules have been typed out on a courier typewriter with a fixed font? Rather than sent to a print shop where it might, (but only might!), have been typeset in a proportional kerned font such as the font on the document?

  8. It is a joke, from the 1940s. That some people here feel the need to query it as a hoax proves we rather lack a sense of humour these days. And a phlegmatic response to a crisis.

  9. “What are you doing here playing golf of all things?”

    You are obviously not a golfer, Grikath.

  10. BlokeInTejasInNormandy

    John Wilkinson

    That “apostrophe” looks like a generic noise blob as found elsewhere in the image..

  11. Bloke in North Dorset

    There’s an apocryphal story about a famous golfer in the 50s or 60s who was taking a short putt just a passing train blew a whistle and missed. Bad luck about that whistle, said his playing partner. What whistle, said the golfer.

    The point being you should be concentrating so hard that bombs etc wouldn’t distract.

    Wasn’t Richmond common turned over to farming during the war? Parts of our club were.

  12. @Grikath

    It’s “duck when under fire, then carry on as normal”

    Pragmatism and stiff upper lip. What we did in NI 1960s-90s

    It’s a typical British joke to convey we don’t give up

  13. Hoax or joke, it amused me. Similarly, I recall seeing a copy of a (real) taxi-ordering form from an Indian hotel during the Raj. You could select a motor car, a rickshaw, or an elephant, in which case, please allow half an hour….

    BiND, not all golfers are impervious to distraction. I recall a Woodhouse golfing character who was distracted by the roar of butterfly wings from the nearby meadow….

  14. Had a golfing buddy for many years who was extremely sensitive to noises (only thing that bothers Gamecock is yappy dogs). He was once distracted by someone dropping their club in their bag TWO holes away.

  15. Bloke in North Dorset

    Gamecock,

    Was it Colin Montgomery? He was renowned for hearing a mouse fart 5 miles away.

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