Take your shot at a helicopter hole in one

It's raining golf balls at Lytham Green Golf Club as they prepare for their latest fund raiser with Crime Stoppers launching hundred of golf balls from a helicopter onto the green and if a ball lands in hole 18 they are the winners of a cash prize.'Pictured are members from left to right Dave Page, Pat Alcock, Theresa Clarke, Heather Calverley, Christine Jones (Lady Vice Captain), Catherine Jones and Bob Hutchinson.'3rd June 2015
It's raining golf balls at Lytham Green Golf Club as they prepare for their latest fund raiser with Crime Stoppers launching hundred of golf balls from a helicopter onto the green and if a ball lands in hole 18 they are the winners of a cash prize.'Pictured are members from left to right Dave Page, Pat Alcock, Theresa Clarke, Heather Calverley, Christine Jones (Lady Vice Captain), Catherine Jones and Bob Hutchinson.'3rd June 2015
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Calling out a warning to people in the path of a golf ball is nothing unusual... but at an upcoming golf tournament there could be 1,000 reasons to shout “Fore!”

Later this month Lytham Green Drive Golf Club, in Ballam Road, Lytham, is hosting the 
Fylde coast’s first charity golf ball drop.

The club is inviting Gazette readers to enter the competition, where they will be given a numbered ball.

A helicopter will then swoop over the course and if a ball with your number lands in one of the holes, you could win a £100 cash prize.

The event, part of a tournament organised by crime-fighting group Crimestoppers, is believed to be one of only a handful to take place in the UK.

Green Drive assistant secretary Sarah Murphy said: “Crimestoppers is holding a charity golf day on the same day as Lytham Club day, which is nothing too out of the ordinary – however after the competition a helicopter will be dropping 1,000 golf balls on to the course with names of the people who purchase them.

“If your ball goes into a hole you win a cash prize.

“I have heard of a golf club doing this down south before, but I have never heard of it being done around here.”

The helicopter drop is the idea of club member John Davies, who is a volunteer chairman for the Lancashire branch of Crimestoppers.

Mr Davies said: “I think there has only been two in the UK before. It is quite 
unusual. The helicopter will be coming from Heli 2000 at Blackpool Airport.

“The helicopter will fly down and pick the balls up, then drop them from a height of 60ft.”

The tournament will be held on June 27.

The day features a four ball stableford, shotgun start over 18 holes for £50 per player, including a bacon roll and coffee on arrival, green fees, a two course presentation dinner and prizes.

To buy a golf ball – which cost £2.50 each – go to the pro shop at Lytham Green Drive Golf Club or call John on 07889 647396.

To book a place on the tournament go to www.brsgolf.com/lytham/opens_home.php