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Wartime Rules


One evening in late autumn, 1940, Luftwaffe bombs fell on the course, inspiring the adoption of the Club’s famous Temporary Rules.

These rules attracted worldwide publicity, and they continue to be reproduced even in the 21st Century.

Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, used the rules as the theme of a broadcast by William (Lord Haw-Haw) Joyce:

“By means of these ridiculous reforms the English snobs try to impress the people with a kind of pretended heroism. They can do so without danger, because, as everyone knows, the German Air Force devotes itself only to the destruction of military targets and objectives of importance to the war effort.”

The Club’s laundry was destroyed in a subsequent bombing raid.