Golf course offers charities a way out of financial bunker

One of the area’s leading golf courses is offering £84,000-worth of free rounds and sessions to local charities for use in fund-raising activities.

FarleighFarleigh Golf Club has established a social responsibility scheme which offers to donate use of their facilities, as prizes in a raffle or to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. In total, they have budgeted to give away £84,000 for charitable use.

The golf prize options from Farleigh are a one-hour simulator session – usually worth £50, in which golfers can “play” some of the world’s top courses while working on improving their swing  – or complimentary four-ball rounds at the course – a good test for low-handicappers and the average hacker, normal value £160.

Farleigh offers three nine-hole courses for its regular golfers to play in a variety of testing combinations. Since 2010, nearly £3 million has been invested on the 350-acre estate in upgrading the courses and clubhouse and recruiting and training staff. The improvements have worked to such an extent that during floods in the area in January and February this year, Farleigh members never lost a single day’s play as the course remained playable throughout.

Charities and voluntary groups who want to take advantage of Farleigh’s fund-raising offer are encouraged to contact the club to bid for one of the prizes to be used for their worthy cause. Email

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