Sir Muirhead Bone, ‘Scapa: The Golf Course’, c.1918 (Imperial War Museum)
Although the first tee on the WWI golf course was at the YMCA, during WWII it was near the Officers’ Club at St Vincent Pier.
"The golf course was a joint creation of 18 holes, and each big ship undertook the design and construction of one hole. Great ingenuity and care were taken over the business, and one battleship is reputed to have spent £70 in getting turf for their green from a famous Scottish golf course. Either HMS Canada or HMS King George V was responsible for a wonderful green, standing as smooth as a billiard table amidst the encircling heather.” (ANSD)
"During both World Wars, the Fleet was stationed for long periods at Scapa Flow, which is not renowned for its bright lights or amusement facilities. One of the measures taken to provide recreation for the Fleet was the construction of a 14-hole golf course on the island of Flotta, and on Sunday afternoon, when the Fleet was in harbour, ships’ boats full of golfers could be seen making their way across the harbour towards the first tee.
A certain Admiral, who had recently hoisted his Flag in the Fleet, was told that this was the normal routine on Sunday afternoons. He therefore sent for his Flag Lieutenant and told him that he would be required to play golf with his Admiral that afternoon.
There was quite a crowd of junior officers waiting to drive off at the first tee when they arrived, but the Admiral was quickly recognised and teed his ball up without delay, hitting a beautiful shot right down the middle of the fairway.
The Flag Lieutenant then addressed his ball, and much to the amusement of the onlookers did a complete air shot. The midshipmen sniggered as he tried again, with similar results. After this third failure to make any connection with the ball, he looked up, smiled at his gallery and said: “Damned difficult course, this.” (PTP)
Sometimes referred to as Flotta GC or Scapa Flow GC