Surprisingly, during the First World War there was another boom in golf in Canada. Golf tournaments raised substantial amounts in support of the war effort. Politicians encouraged Canadians to get plenty of exercise and themselves set an example by playing golf. Many Canadian soldiers were exposed to golf for the first time while training in England.
Figure 24: This hand-carved hardwood ball was made and used by British soldiers in North Africa during the First World War, as standard golf equipment was not available.Local rules probably allowed the golfer to turn the ball, so that it could be hit at the poles to avoid splitting the wooden ball. CMC 994.9.33