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Furloughed feds can take to the fairway

Brambleton Golf Course

The Brambleton Golf Course in Ashburn, Va., is one of three Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority courses where furloughed federal employees can get a discount. (Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority photo)

One would have to look long and hard to find any sort of upside for federal workers facing furloughs this summer, but the Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority is at least trying to provide a silver lining for feds who golf.

As of May 1, federal employees will get a discount of roughly 30 percent on a round of golf at any of NVRPA's three courses, Mondays through Thursdays after 10 a.m.

"It is very unfortunate" that feds are bearing the brunt of the sequester, NVRPA Chairman Brian Napp said in announcing the offer. "In a small way, we wish to thank them for their contributions to our local communities and the nation."

Golfers need only to show a federal I.D. to get the special price; proof of furlough is not required.  But no self-respecting fed would golf on the clock while colleagues are sitting at home with no pay -- so be sure to schedule leave accordingly!

Posted by Troy K. Schneider on May 03, 2013 at 12:10 PM


Reader comments

Mon, May 6, 2013

This is great, however, most agencies that I've heard are furloughing will be doing so on Friday. I'm not a golfer, nor do I live in Virginia, but I couldn't resist commenting on the irony that the discounts won't help any of those agencies.

Mon, May 6, 2013 Cowboy Joe

Concur with GE101 - but at the same time, I just wonder if somebody over at FCW forgot to punctuate the paragraph with the appropriate sarcasm marks. Tasteless either way y' slice it.

Mon, May 6, 2013 Gov Emp 101

Although I applaud the Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority for the thought, I'm afraid this sends the wrong message. Perhaps if the furlough only affected the higher-level positions in Government who may be able to afford some non-paid days and golf instead. However, the concept takes away from those employees who financially suffer from furlough days.

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