A WOMEN'S golf club that has been teeing off for 65 years is calling on more people to develop a love for the game while raising crucial funds for a lifesaving charity.
Elaine Cann, vice-captain and member of Coulsdon Court Ladies' Golf Club for nine years, says the group is a great way to make friends while raising money for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
Last week the club, founded in 1947, celebrated the "drive-in" of its new captain, Judith Macleod, when the decision was made to donate all funds raised during the next year to the air ambulance.
Mrs Cann said: "It is a very sociable time and throughout the year we have different meetings where we have meals and everyone is very friendly.
"As far as our club is concerned, it is a very caring club. We care about the other members, so if they are in need of support in any way our ladies will be there for them.
"It's also a time when we have a lot of fun and some people will come down to join us just for sandwiches and a chat, even if they don't play. It's not just the exercise opportunity, it's the social side too."
The group has about 50 members, about 25 of whom tee off every Wednesday morning, when the group meets at 8.30am for a four-hour session on the 18-hole course at Coulsdon Manor Hotel.
Joining the club costs in excess of £50 but three events will take place in the next year – a Bourne Society talk, a music hall evening and summer tea party, to raise funds for the air ambulance.
Mrs Cann, from Purley, added: "The air ambulance is a wonderful charity, but it shouldn't be a charity, because this is a service that is saving lives in the three different counties."
For more information on the club, or to join, call Mrs Cann on 020 8660 6143.