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RAF in the rough over golf simulator

The Sunday Times has run a critical news article about a golf simulator being installed at RAF Cranwell, the air-force’s officer staff college. Funding for the £23,000 simulator was partially funded by a government grant of £13,960. It’s reported that the simulator will be used by members of the RAF men’s and women’s golf teams (pictured) during the winter and is also available to all members of the armed services that pay an annual subscription of £20.

Flight Sergeant Jai Henderson told the RAF News, “It is an excellent coaching tool which will be utilised by the RAF golf team throughout the winter season to develop their players.” However, Andy Silvester, campaign manager for the Taxpayers’ Alliance stated, “A virtual golf machine [sic] simply isn’t the priority when it comes to defence spending.”