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East Lodge has charity fund raising down to a tee

Posted on Friday, 26 November 2010 11:01AM by
Photos courtesy Andrew Eyley / AE Media Multi award-winning East Lodge hotel and restaurant has demonstrated it is on par when it comes to both food and fundraising by supporting the Derbyshire County Council Chairman’s Charity Golf Day. The final fundraising figures are now in which show the event ultimately raised over £10,000 for charity.

The event took place recently at Matlock Golf club in Derbyshire and East Lodge were happy to take part, sponsoring the 9th hole. This included the award winning East Lodge front of house staff being on hand to supply everything from champagne and sausage rolls to real ales and pork pie “growlers” from Highfield House farm to those taking part on the 9th hole. The branded East Lodge Golf Buggy was also made available to transport players and their golf bags around the course.

“The golf day was fantastic and a really enjoyable time was had by all,” added Iain Hardman. “East Lodge was both proud and delighted to be involved and play our part, not just by sponsoring a hole, but by taking part on the day and with contributions to the raffle and a team prize, helping to raise over £10,000 for what are some very worthwhile local causes.”

Some 40 teams with four players took part, playing to the Stableford rules of golf. For those unfamiliar with the sport, this simply means that rather than counting the total number of strokes taken, it involves scoring points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole. It lends itself well to team play.

“The aim was to appeal to as many people as possible to take part, so playing Stableford allows you to do this, as one bad hole is not the end of the world,” explained Iain. “It also speeds up play, because once it is no longer possible to score a point, a player can proceed to the next hole.”

As well as East Lodge sponsoring a hole, some added spice was added to the game itself when a car was offered as a prize for anyone lucky enough to shoot a hole in one! One lady player amazingly managed to achieve the feat and drove her golf bag home in a brand new Peugeot 207!

Also in attendance on the day was Councillor Robin Baldry, Chairman of Derbyshire County Council who said: “I was delighted to be representing the council on a day which raised so much for three chosen charities in the region. As well as taking part on the day many local businesses like East Lodge were good enough to take part and donate prizes and the day was such a success, we are all looking forward to doing it again next year.”

Situated in ten acres of its own grounds, East Lodge is the perfect place to relax and unwind and perhaps bring your own golf game up to scratch in the heart of the Peak District. East Lodge remains one of the top hotels and restaurants in the UK, with a prestigious range of accolades to its name. Owned by the Hardman family, East Lodge can point to the coveted AA “Inspectors’ Choice” Award, with three red stars for 2010 placing it within the top 150 hotels in the whole of the UK and the hotel’s remains just one of 48 hotels in the country presented with a Visit England Gold Award.

East Lodge has preferential deals in place with many local facilities in the area, including Matlock and Bakewell Golf Clubs, so keen players should bring their Golf Clubs along!

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