Rules of Golf
I have never quite understood why reasonable persons would participate in such a bloody
event as golf, with its complex rules...
give me a good game of cricket any day. My former superior was addicted
to the silly game.
Often times following a visit to the links, Sir John, over a glass of scotch, would engage in a spirited conversation
with his mates. The source of discussion would always be a particularly horrid infraction of the rules during the course of play.
Niles Uncovers a Rule Protecting Young Trees
I recall one day, in particular, when Sir John was accusing William of Knottinghead for being
in gross violation and he emphatically invoked Rule 5-e, under Appendix 1, Part A - Local Rules, page 21
of the Royal and Ancient Rules of Golf, "protection of young trees". Sir John lay blame on poor William
for inflicting a blundering strike toward his ball, which violently struck and severed a limb from an immature
oak. I wondered: "do they have rules to protect old trees, as well? I must gen-up on the rules of golf."
There are many odd, and indeed, confusing terms in the rules of golf, for example: "abnormal ground
conditions". Have you ever been on a golf course in Great Britain? Is there anything normal about the
ground? I think not!
I do hope you will be checking with me periodically as I share some very uncommon insights into the
rules of golf and the history of the game. Please take advantage of the links provided below for the Royal
and Ancients and United States Golf Associations in your queries of the rules.
Royal and Ancients Golf Association
United States Golf Association
With my favorite tournament only weeks away, I thought I would give you some interesting links and history on the
Here is another bloody good site put together by Mr. John Hutchinson that allows you to view the
R&A rules as far back as the 18th century.
He has kindly permitted using his site and asks that you be respectful of his rights and those who have assisted him.
Whilst tiptoeing around the Internet, I ran upon a site by some chaps who have compiled over forty thousand political and historical quotations over the past couple of centuries. I will put forth a few examples to pique your interest. On January 23, 1989, Will Rogers said, "The income tax has made more liars out of Americans than golf has...."; a bumper sticker during Mr. Eisenhower's presidency read, "BEN HOGAN FOR PRESIDENT....if we
are going to have a golfer, let's have a good one!"; and Mr. Eisenhower on why he loved golf, "If I miss a golf ball, the world does not blow up."
I strongly suggest, if you fancy historical and political quotes as I do, that you visit
Eigen's Political & Historical Quotations.
They have the largest collection of memorable quotes on the Internet!
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