Open Fairways, the green fee discount programme, has pledged its support for the Faldo Series, the six-time Major winner’s charitable initiative for young golfers in Europe and Asia.
Open Fairways offers up to 50% discounts for its members at more than 1,500 golf courses in Europe and Asia and beyond. It has agreed to donate a percentage of all new memberships sold from 2007 to the Faldo Series, which provides opportunities for up to 1,300 talented golfers in Europe and simultaneously helps introduce the game to many more; and the Faldo Series Asia, a replica programme launched in January 2006 to provide similar chances for young golfers in Asia.
The decision by Open Fairways to support the Faldo Series comes eleven years after the inception of both ventures. Faldo has supported the development of Open Fairways since its launch in 1996 and now Open Fairways has expanded that long-standing relationship by offering to donate proceeds to Faldo’s golf-development charity, also established in 1996.
Jonathan Packham, Open Fairways founder, commented, “We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Nick who has been kind enough to publicly recommend Open Fairways for discerning golfers since our launch. This was at the same time as starting his own Faldo Series in the UK and, since then, the two initiatives have followed similar paths into Europe and Asia.
“We have been constantly impressed by Nick’s efforts in both regions to create access to golf for young children and help develop talented golfers into tomorrow’s champions, so we are only too happy to support the Faldo Series and join Nick in giving something back to the game of golf.”
Nick Faldo added: “I am extremely grateful to Open Fairways for its commitment to support my Faldo Series in Europe and Asia. I am sure every new Open Fairways member will be pleased to know that he or she is not only receiving some notable discounts and other such rewards, but young golfers around the globe are also benefiting as a result.”