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Golf Monthly Forum – Help For Heroes Fundraiser 2023

Golf Monthly Forum - Help For Heroes Fundraiser 2023

Golf Monthly Forum – Help For Heroes Fundraiser 2023

Staged a little earlier in the calendar than its thirteen predecessors including last year’s event at Hayling Golf Club, the annual charity event arranged by the Golf Monthly Forum took place on a gloriously bright late-Summer’s day at Hankley Common on the Surrey/Hampshire border. The course, 30th in the Top 100 for the UK and Ireland, was a riot of purple with the heather still at its most vibrant and dazzling. A packed field of 80 golfers were therefore able to fully enjoy this beautiful Braid/Colt design that has in recent times improved still further under the expert guidance of Mackenzie and Ebert.

The Titleist Gazebo at Hankley Common

Eager golfers queue up to take (temporary!) ownership of some fresh ammunition

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Following coffee and bacon rolls and a chance to reacquaint with golfing friends from all over the country, there was the opportunity to visit the Titleist gazebo for advice on the correct ball to use and even the very generous provision of some supplies for the round.

Forum golfer at Help For Heroes

A fine attempt to recover from the hungry heather

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It would be interesting to learn how many of these very welcome gifts are now hiding in the resplendent heather, barely used, over what is one of the best golf courses in Surrey and indeed the country!

Hankley Common - Hole 7

An aerial view of the superb par-3 seventh at Hankley Common

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The course plays to a par of 71, with its sublime par-3 7th the star of a very special show. Happily, the yellow tees were in play, a far more manageable prospect for most of us than the almost 7,000 yards available from the purples.

As a small part of the fundraising, the Forum members attending were offered the chance to pay an extra £25 for the dubious pleasure of playing with one of the four Golf Monthly team members taking part including new editor, Neil Tappin. This alone raised £300, while it was great to see representatives from Help For Heroes and a good number of veterans enjoying their golf.

Golfers at Hankley Common Help For Heroes 2023

Friendship and laughter is very much a part of the annual Help For Heroes day

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As you would expect, there was a nearest-the-pin and long-drive competition to keep…


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