4. The “I’m Gonna Plonk Your Caddie Right On The Noggin Because I’m the Winner” Rule
Rule: “If…the player’s ball strike his adversary, or his cady, the adversary loses the hole; if it strike his own cady, the player loses the hole.”
The St. Andrews rules from 1812 included this gem that could turn golf into a contact sport.
5. The “My Ball Landed in Poop” Rule
Rule: “If your Ball lies amongst Human Ordure, Cow Dung or any such nuisance on the fair green, you may, upon losing one, lift it, throw it over your head, behind the nuisance and play it with any club you please”
According to the 1776 rules of the Bruntsfield Links, you could pick your ball out of a fresh pile of dookie and play it with a one-stroke penalty. (You should also probably clean that bad boy off.)
6. The “If You Let Me Borrow Your Club, I’m Keeping It” Rule
Rule: “The addition or replacement of a club or clubs may be made by borrowing from anyone; only the borrower may use such club or clubs for the remainder of the round.”
This rule from 1988 was changed back to the original wording in 1992, which makes no mention of the borrower having to use the clubs for the remainder of the round.